National education advocate to speak at commencement

April 28, 2016

Haycock-KatiKati Haycock, chief executive officer of The Education Trust, will speak to spring 2016 graduates of the College of Education during the Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony, starting at 4:00 p.m. May 8 at the Breslin Center.

The Education Trust is one the nation’s leading advocacy organizations working to close gaps and promote high achievement for all students, particularly students of color and those from low-income families. The organization also conducts research and analysis on what schools, communities and governmental organizations can do to help students succeed.

Haycock is a long-time advocate for students who have been historically underserved by the educational system at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. She is much sought after as a speaker, addressing thousands of educators, community and business leaders and policymakers about educational issues each year. She has testified numerous times to Congress.

Previously, Haycock served as executive vice president of the Children’s Defense Fund and as president of The Achievement Council, an organization focused on improving student achievement in predominantly minority schools throughout California.

The College of Education Class of 2016 is comprised of 493 graduating seniors, which includes majors in Elementary Education, Special Education, Kinesiology and Athletic Training.

The Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony is free and open to the public.