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Newest class of EDD graduates

Program Reaches Achievement Of The Highest Degree
by Kim Kyle Morgan

Originally published by Today@Sam, July 12, 2013 

Magdalena Denham used to dream of being a diplomat, perhaps of a career at the United Nations, or maybe serving as an ambassador for the goodwill of the world.

Today, at 46, she truly is an ambassador of sorts. On Aug. 3, Denham will be the 200th student to graduate with a doctor of education degree from Sam Houston State University.

"This program changed my life," Denham said.

The Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership is the highest professional degree available to students who aspire to leadership positions.

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Alumni News

Mark Riha

Doctoral Graduate Earns National Recognition With Award-Winning Dissertation

Originally published by Today@Sam, August 7, 2013

Like most teachers, Mark Riha has his job cut out for him when it comes to keeping the attention of a classroom full of students.

On the other hand, Riha was recently able to catch—and keep—the attention of a national committee. The 38-year-old is the winner of the 2013 Morphet Outstanding Dissertation Award. "It never occurred to me that I could even win a national award," said Riha, a history teacher at Carl Wunshe Senior High School in Spring.

Riha graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership in December 2011. His dissertation, Middle School Size and Student Performance: A Multi-Year Study, examined middle-school size in Texas as it relates to student academic achievement.

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