Nearly 100 family members, friends, alumni and members of the TSS community gathered at the Kelly Campus to celebrate the accomplishments of this years’ 24 graduating students. This class joins a community of 371 alumni of the program who are all doing exceptional work throughout the world to impact education, conservation and community.
The evening began with a reception and dinner prepared by retiring Kelly Campus Chef Kevin Remmy. Remmy went out with a bang by preparing an amazing meal for all those in attendance.During the graduation ceremony students and parents received advice from graduation speaker and former TSS student and employee Wayne H. Turner. Turner began his relationship with TSS as a High School Field Ecology student and later as an intern in the late 1980’s. During the expansion of TSS in the early 2000’s he returned to lead the capital campaign which funded the construction of the Jackson Campus. He finished his time at TSS as the Director of the Teacher Learning Center in 2010.
Now as the principal advisor in Wayne H. Turner LLC, a consulting practice that collaborates with nonprofit leaders – executives and boards – he helps advance and realize organizations’ missions.
Turner addressed parents and students in his remarks. To the parents he assured them that their sons and daughters time in the program is meaningful and will pay off in many ways as students move throughout their carreers.
To the students he stated, “It won’t matter if your business card says teacher on it. You are one… Education, and your engagement with it – either formally or not – is the surest and fastest way to long and enduring change.”
Each graduate faculty member spoke to the experiences and impacts that each student had over the course of the 50 week program. Students were presented with gifts and certificates to mark the completion of their time at Teton Science Schools. 13 students will be moving on to the University of Wyoming to complete their master’s degrees and others will be attending partner universities or remaining in the Jackson Hole area to teach and work.
The celebration of 20 years of the Graduate Program will continue on Sep 12-14, 2014 at the 20 year celebration and reunion. All those who have had a relationship with the TSS Graduate Program are welcome to attend. For more information please call Tracy Logan at 307.734.5659.