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5 Things You Need to Know About SOE Graduation

by UM School of Education on May 5, 2016

gradblog16Graduation is just days away! Here are five things you need to know for successful graduation planning: 

  1. When & Where?

The morning convocation will convene in the historic Grove at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016. SOE students should arrive to Convocation by 8:30 a.m. and line up in front of the Cochran National Products Center (pharmacy school). The SOE’s ceremony will take place on the Grove Main Stage at 11 a.m. Candidates for degree must arrive no later than 10:15 a.m.

For information related to your name card/reader card or academic regalia refer to the SOE Graduation webpage.

  1. What if it rains?

In the event of inclement weather, a decision to move the ceremony will be made no later than Saturday, May 14 at 8 a.m. If moved, the morning Convocation will be held at 9:30 a.m. at The Pavilion and there will NOT be a processional. You can find the schedule and rain locations for individual or specific ceremonies here. The School of Education ceremony would be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Tad Smith Coliseum if there is inclement weather.

  1. Where can my family park?

All parking is open, but arrive early—campus will fill up quick! For safety reasons, parking is not permitted along roadways, sidewalks or grassy areas. For up-to-date parking information refer to the interactive map, commencement parking PDF, or visit the designated parking website.

  1. Where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Students should pick up their caps and gowns from the Union Ballroom, Wednesday, May 11, through Friday, May 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 7-9 a.m. If you are graduating with Latin honors: summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude, your academic college/school will have your honor cords. Please pick them up from your academic college/school. If unsure where to pick up items from your academic college/school, contact the Dean’s Office. Regional campus students must pick up their cap and gowns at their home campuses.

  1. When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed in June or July for May graduates, and in September for August graduates. Diplomas will not be mailed if you have a Bursar, Financial Aid or Library hold.


Congratulations graduates!

“The University is respected, but Ole Miss is loved.

The University gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure,

but one never graduates from Ole Miss.” – Frank E. Everett, Jr.








UM Counselor Education Students Host Hygiene Drive for Lovepacks

by UM School of Education on May 2, 2016


Ole Miss basketball player Stefan Moody (middle) showed up during the SOE's Hygiene Drive for Lovepacks on April 30.

Ole Miss basketball player Stefan Moody (middle) showed up during the SOE’s Hygiene Drive for Lovepacks on April 30.

Nearly a dozen SOE graduate students in counselor education volunteered their time on Saturday, April 30, as part of a Hygiene Drive at a local CVS Pharmacy to benefit Oxford Lovepacks, a nonprofit that supports children in the Lafayette and Oxford schools by providing children with food—and other essential items—in a safe and confidential way.

The group collected essential hygiene items including more than 300 toothbrushes, 300 tubes of toothpaste and more than 100 bars of soap. The goods were sent to Lovepacks, which will deliver the items to local school counselors to give to children in need.

“Lovepacks is a fantastic organization and does a great job in our community,” said Amanda Winburn, assistant professor of counselor education and the coordinator of the event. “We wanted to do a hygiene drive for Lovepacks because, though we may not think about it, some children may not always have easy access to these items.” [Read More…]

MDE Honors Cheatham for Student Teaching

by UM School of Education on April 29, 2016
SOE senior Haley Cheatham (left) with UM School of Education Dean David Rock at MDE.

SOE senior Haley Cheatham (left) with UM School of Education Dean David Rock at MDE.

SOE senior Hayley Cheatham was named UM’s Outstanding Student Teacher by the Mississippi Department of Education during this year’s Mississippi Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year ceremony held in Jackson on April 14. The elementary education major was honored for her outstanding service in a sixth-grade classroom at Pontotoc Middle School. Cheatham is a Madison, Mississippi, native and an avid Ole Miss Baseball fan. While preparing for her college graduation in May, she is also preparing to embark on a new chapter in her life as an Ole Miss graduate student and graduate assistant at the Willie Price Lab School. [Read More…]

Burton Receives Scholarship for National Conference

by UM School of Education on April 4, 2016

IMG_5557Ashley Burton, an elementary education major at the University of Mississippi School of Education, is the recipient of a competitive scholarship from the Mississippi Geographic Alliance (MGA) to attend the National Conference on Geography Education in Tampa, Florida, in July.

The NCGE Scholarship was created by the MGA as a way to involve teachers with geography education at the state and national level with a focus on new and early career educators. [Read More…]

Soares, Payne Pen New Textbook on Token Economy Classrooms

by UM School of Education on February 29, 2016

toekn cover edge University of Mississippi special education professors Denise A. Soares and James S. Payne are co-authors of Inspiring Kids to Learn: The Token Economy Playbook.

Produced by Cognella Academic Publishing, the textbook was also co-authored with Walter J. Cegelka of St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, and is a complete toolkit to implement and maintain token economy systems in a classroom setting.

In a nutshell, token economy systems are used as a form of reinforcement to assist in classroom management. Teachers award tokens to students in a strategic, reward-based way. Students can then trade in a set number of tokens for secondary reinforcers/rewards. The process creates a new economy of behavior that promotes academic achievement, communication, and a structured environment for learning. [Read More…]