Trinity Christian College's first graduates of its master of arts in special education program stand with program director and professor Patti Powell (right). Graduates are (front row, from left) April Grant, Barbara Wolterink, Laura Ridgley and Paula (Parker) Karll; and (back row, from left) Vince Lucca, Michele Kintz, Katherine Sanavaitis, Dan Matt and Bill Scott. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 3, 2014 6:03AM
Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights recently celebrated the graduation of its first class of students in the master of arts in special education program, according to a press release from the school.
At the annual ceremony in December, the college celebrated the commencement of 89 students — 27 traditional, 53 adult studies students and, for the first time, nine students from the master of arts in special education program.
“The first year of Trinity’s master’s degree in special education has been one filled with talented students, dedicated faculty, challenging coursework and thoughtful final research papers based on solid data,” professor and program director Patti Powell said in the release. “Our new graduates are committed to helping each child they teach reach their full potential.”
Families and friends of all of the graduates gathered in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium to witness the presentation of the diplomas, the release said. The commencement address, “Life Is a Mystery,” was delivered by Beth Decker, chair of the Trinity Board of Trustees.
The college also celebrated the emeritation of sociology professor Brad Breems, the 2013 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award, the release said.