May 13, 2017
Saint Vincent College honored Dr. Ellen Wartella, chair of the department of communication studies in the school of communication at Northwestern University, with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at its annual spring commencement ceremony on May 13, in the Robert S. Carey Student Center. Wartella, an internationally-recognized children’s media expert who was the inaugural PNC Grow Up Great Senior Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, was also the main speaker.
The citation read as follows:
“Educator, scholar, researcher, author, mentor, thought leader ... Those are only a few words describing Dr. Ellen Wartella’s many roles. However, there is one word that can be associated with her in any capacity. Impact.
Her impact on institutions.
Her impact on colleagues.
Her impact on students.
Her impact on a generation of children.
Dr. Wartella has more than a dozen published books, in addition to her numerous articles, reports and book chapters. But, her passion is in research. She has spent immeasurable hours studying media and its effect on children. It is safe to say that there is not a college student today who has not been impacted by Dr. Wartella. Undoubtedly, you have watched something as a child that she influenced. And if you took courses in children's media in college you most likely learned from a professor who was mentored by Dr. Wartella.
It’s fitting that here, at Saint Vincent College, she was the inaugural Fellow for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. Yes, she was immensely qualified professionally, but it was her inherent qualities that made it more appropriate. She and Fred had come from small cities in Pennsylvania. They both zealously cared about the effects of media on children and the potential for its educational use. Their passion for what is best for children took them all the way to the United States Capitol where they both testified before Congress. Well … in that respect Ellen outdid Fred; she testified four times.
For your unwavering dedication to our children and your exceptional contributions to academia, Saint Vincent College proudly confers upon you, ELLEN WARTELLA, The Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa, This Thirteenth Day of May Two Thousand Seventeen.”
Photo: Dr. Ellen Wartella, center, receives honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., left, and Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.
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