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Cumberlands Honors Education Students


Williamsburg, Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Education Department held an investiture ceremony where senior education majors were honored and recognized. The ceremony was held on May 4, 2012 at First Baptist Church located in Williamsburg, Ky.

The investiture ceremony is to remind the students that as they graduate they will move into the teaching profession where they will join the ranks with other educators to make a difference in the lives of students across the country, and even the world.

Dr. Robert Heffern, associate professor, addressed the students explaining the importance of the investiture ceremony and leading them in the Education Oath.

“The investiture ceremony is a big deal,” Heffern said. “We want candidates to understand they are our future teachers and that’s a big deal.”

The soon-to-be graduates were handed candles that were lit by several of the education faculty members. The flame was to inspire students to hold with them three important values: service, leadership and character. These values were passed from the educator to the upcoming graduate throughout their studies at UC.

Following the candle lighting, each student received a pin for their gown and they placed their candles in a cluster. The light from all of the candles together symbolized the impact the students will have on their counties, states, countries, and the world.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.