The academic year is highlighted with a number of Department events.

students at a reception event


Scholarship Reception

In early fall, the Teacher Education Program and the Boyer Center co-host a reception honoring the winners of the Ethel Brandt Bigham Endowed Education Award, the Ernest L. Boyer Sr. Teaching Scholarship, the Terry L. Stoudnour Endowed Education Award, the Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship, and the Murk-Hayes Endowed Education Award. Details about these scholarships can be found on our Scholarship page.

Farewell and Commissioning Service

Every spring the Department of Education and the Teacher Education Program co-sponsor a Farewell and Commissioning Service for their graduating seniors. Come for an inspiring evening as we celebrate God’s goodness and challenge this year’s Department of Education and TEP graduates to lead lives of purpose as they depart Messiah.

Next year's event will occur Thursday, May 9, 2024, 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall, High Center.

All Education and TEP alumni, students, their friends and families and cooperating teachers are invited to attend. The service includes scripture reading, prayer, a brief meditation usually given by a department graduate, musical performances by local school groups, a commissioning litany, and the presentation of lapel pins to the graduates. The lapel pin challenges and reminds graduates to continue to learn, serve, and care through their work as teachers. A reception and time of fellowship follows the service.