Summer Celebration: Bridges Bestows Multiple Honors

Getting the summer off to a shining start, the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education graduated its first class of ten doctorates, along with three master's degrees, in a ceremony on Friday, June 24. During a separate ceremony, the Bridges 2e Center for Research and Professional Development inducted three new honorees to its 2e Hall of Fame.

Taking place at the retro chic Garland Hotel Ballroom in North Hollywood, California, many of the leading lights in the field of twice-exceptional education were in attendance.

Honorary Doctorates

The celebration acknowledged innovators in the 2e world with honorary doctorates. Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, the director of the Center for Human Potential and author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization and Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined — also the host of The Psychology Podcast was recognized. In addition, Henry "Hank" Nicols, the dean of the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education, donned the ceremonial hood.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Established in 2017, the 2e Hall of Fame celebrates the contributions of educators, mental health professionals, and other leaders whose work has positively impacted the lives of 2e students and their families, as well as the broader 2e movement. Members of the Bridges 2e Center for Research and Professional Development board vote on nominees for induction. ​

The honorees this year include best-selling author and acclaimed speaker Jonathan Mooney, renowned professor Jann Leppien, and popular podcaster and psychologist Dan Peters.

Jonathan Mooney, a dyslexic writer and activist, has earned an honors degree in English literature at Brown University and is the author of several bes...


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