Moscow Pedagogical State University recently hosted a prestigious ceremony honoring graduates from Russian pedagogical universities. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova and Minister of Education Sergey Kravtsov presented diplomas to signify the successful completion of higher education. Moscow Pedagogical State University was represented by graduates of three institutes – the Institute of Journalism, Communications and Media Education, the Institute of Social and Humanitarian Education and the Institute of Philology.
Golikova congratulated the graduates on their choice to pursue teaching, particularly during the Year of the Teacher and Mentor. She highlighted the increasing popularity of the teaching profession, with 229 educational institutions producing 88,000 new teachers this year alone.
The ceremony recognized graduates from 38 pedagogical universities under the Ministry of Education’s jurisdiction, including renowned institutions like A.I. Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University, Orenburg State Pedagogical University, Altai State Pedagogical University, Donetsk State Pedagogical University, Lugansk State Pedagogical University, and Moscow City Pedagogical University.
The event was made special by the participation of eight individuals from various regions who took part in the «Flagships of Education» project, part of the presidential platform «Russia is a country of opportunities.»
Minister of Education Sergey Kravtsov emphasized the Ministry’s responsibility towards the 38 pedagogical universities, including those in new regions of Russia. He noted that the number of students applying for pedagogy programs had doubled compared to the previous year, with over 160,000 applications. Kravtsov attributed this growth to the development of the education system, the «Education» national project, improved infrastructure, and the construction of new schools.
While acknowledging the need for further improvements, Kravtsov expressed satisfaction with the current outcomes and the increased interest of high school students in pursuing teaching.
During the ceremony, distinguished guests engaged in conversations with the graduates, who shared their teaching experiences, motivations for choosing the profession, and plans for professional development. The students expressed gratitude for the technological advancements available at their universities and schools, such as technoparks, «Quantoriums,» IT polygons, and media classes.
The activities at Moscow Pedagogical State University were organized in conjunction with the Year of the Teacher and Mentor and the commemoration of K.D. Ushinsky’s 200th birth anniversary. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova participated in the «Thank you to the teacher» initiative, expressing gratitude to her first teacher, Nina Georgievna Illarionova, for imparting valuable life lessons and fostering love for the Motherland, traditions, and friendships. Golikova also fondly remembered her teachers in chemistry, geography, physics, drawing, and astronomy.
As a tribute, the distinguished guests, along with MPGU Rector Alexey Lubkov, laid flowers at the monument dedicated to K.D. Ushinsky. Lubkov mentioned that approximately 5,000 individuals graduated from Moscow Pedagogical State University this year and anticipated their significant contributions to the teaching profession in Russia, with many continuing their studies within the university.
To recognize exceptional achievements, Rector Alexey Lubkov awarded diplomas with honors to 30 outstanding graduates from Moscow Pedagogical State University. He extended his congratulations to the students, teachers, and parents, wishing them success and encouraging them to cherish their memories of MPGU.
The ceremony also included a captivating concert program by the MPGU Jazz Big Band, led by Konstantin Rybin, and a remarkable piano solo by Nikita Khabin. After the formal proceedings, participants had the opportunity to capture the essence of the special day and the Year of the Teacher and Mentor in designated photo zones.