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College of Ed Convocation celebrates educators

  • Students and faculty members in the College of Education will be honored at a convocation ceremony Friday, April 27, at Forest Hills Public Schools Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids.

Posted on April 25, 2018

Students and faculty members in the College of Education will be honored at a convocation ceremony Friday, April 27, at Forest Hills Public Schools Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids. The ceremony runs from 7-9 p.m; doors open at 6 p.m.

More than 200 graduates are expected to participate; the ceremony will also include a hooding ceremony for students completing their master’s degree requirements. 

During the ceremony, Brandi-Lyn Mendham will receive the Outstanding Alumni Leader Award. Mendham is director of curriculum and technology at Zeeland Public Schools. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Grand Valley in 1999 and 2003, respectively. She earned a doctorate in 2014 from Eastern Michigan University.

Mendham has more than 17 years of administrative and teaching experience which includes instructing elementary and post-secondary education students, securing grants to support P-12 student learning and growth, and facilitating professional development. 

Mendham has served as the general education services coordinator and early childhood specialist for the West Shore Educational Service District in Ludington, a school improvement coordinator and first grade teacher for Baldwin Community Schools, and a literacy consultant with the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency. 

The College of Education Convocation is a precursor to Grand Valley's commencement ceremonies. For more information visit gvsu.edu/coe.