Deborah Loewenberg Ball received an honorary degree from Lesley University in Boston and addressed graduates from the university's Graduate School of Education at their commencement May 16. Ball began by saying that in being present at the commencement, she is "reminded again of the power of education, and also the power people have. Education hones that power and refines it. There is nothing that moves me more. Be a force out there. Be an educator and agent for justice."
She talked to graduates not only about what they have done, but also about what she hopes they will do. They have already made an impact on faculty and fellow students, she said, "enriching them with their expertise and perspective. You're prepared to contribute in new ways.”
In addition, Ball received the Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service at TC's convocation May 18. The award is given to scholars who have highlighted critical issues in research and practice and championed strategies for change. Ball was honored at the college's first Master's Degree Ceremony on Monday afternoon, May 18. Teachers College, Columbia University is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States.
Ball also addressed graduating students in TC's Departments of Arts & Humanities and Curriculum & Teaching. "The evidence is clear. The order for social justice in this country is long, tall, and overdue. Just remember that among the resources for that societal change is the power of teaching."