International Student Spotlight

Concetta Pucci of Canada, Ph.D. in Special Education and Administration 

Photo of Concetta Pucci, Ph.D. graduate

"Dream big is what I have lived up to the words of Walt Disney, who once said: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Gallaudet has taught me to chase my dream in becoming who I want to be and who I grow to be." Dr. Concetta Pucci

Dr. Concetta Pucci grew up in London, Ontario Canada and attended the Robarts School for the Deaf. She then worked at the Lexington School for the Deaf for four years as a school social worker, after which she then moved on to work at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf as a dorm counselor for a year. She has served on several committees, such as the Council on Graduate Education, Graduate Student Association, and the Institutional Review Board. Connie now works at the Center of ASL/English Bilingual Education and Research (CAEBER). She successfully defended her dissertation in August 2012, and has received her Ph.D. in Special Education Administration from Gallaudet University.

Gabriel O. Soje of Nigeria, Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision

Photo of Gabriel O. Soje, Ph.D. graduate

"For the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Hearing Persons who believe in Justice for all to acquire an all-round education, Gallaudet University is the place to be. The welcoming ambience and the presence of student-friendly infrastructures further add impetus to a total experience." - Dr. Gabriel O. Soje 

Dr. Gabriel O. Soje completed his bachelor's and master's degrees with distinction at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Administration and Supervision in the fall of 2006 and has received support from the Ford Foundation International Fellowship and the Nippon Foundation's Sasakawa International Scholarship, amongst numerous other awards. He has accumulated extensive experience working in several capacities at Gallaudet University and in Nigeria. Mr. Soje, successfully defended his dissertation in September 2012 and was accordingly awarded his Ph.D in Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet University.

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