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To our students, the Class of 2020, completing degrees and credentials

May 14, 2020

Graduates throwing their caps in the air in celebration

To our students, the Class of 2020, completing degrees and credentials,

The Michael D. Eisner College of Education celebrates you!  You have accomplished the extraordinary, attaining your educational goals in this historic, unprecedented time.  You have awed and humbled all of us, your professors, staff and administrators.  We recognize your resiliency, sacrifice and willingness to not only persevere but also bravely embrace the future as leaders in new professional environments in the fields of education, administration, counseling and therapy and community service. I would like to recognize all students who are completing from the following Departments and Programs:

  • Deaf Studies
  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Educational Psychology and Counseling
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
  • The Integrated Teacher Education Programs

Additionally, I want to send a special recognition to all of our students who are completing their teaching credentials, administrative credentials, school psychology or school counseling credentials, and other specialty credentials.

All of you have done a heroic job of completing your programs in these challenging times!

Every year, California State University, Northridge recognizes an outstanding graduating senior with the top award, The Wolfson Scholar.  Nominees are selected from among the various colleges at CSUN.  Our Wolfson Scholar nominee is designated as The Michael D. Eisner College of Education Dean’s Scholar.  I am very happy to announce this year’s Dean’s Scholar: Sandra Krietzberg, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Studies with a Minor in Communications with a GPA of 3.93. Sandra has been recognized by the faculty in her department as a champion of social justice and transformative change. Congratulations Sandra!

Excellence is abundant in our College.  I want to give special recognition to all of our completing students who are graduating with honors and to our scholarship recipients.  You brought your best to your educational mission and in doing so, garnered inspiration to all in our scholarly community.

At this time, I would like to recognize the people who have supported you through your education journey.  My deep gratitude to the faculty and staff of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education whose unwavering dedication is the foundation of our College’s mission of producing excellent professionals in our academic fields.  A profound thank you to the families and friends who have loved, supported and rallied for you and your education.

Finally, it is my great honor to address you all as colleagues.  So dear colleagues, please stay in touch!  Please consider becoming a College of Education alumni. One of my favorite CSUN spirit phrases is “Once a Matador…always a Matador!”

Please keep us posted on your careers as you endeavor forward and check back with your alma mater’s activities through our social media:



I, along with the faculty and staff of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, join you in spirit as you celebrate with your loved ones, and I commend each of you for the amazing thing you have accomplished.

Most Sincerely,

Dr. Shari Tarver Behring