Award-winning USA Today Journalist Christine Dugas to Deliver Southern Vermont College Commencement Address

April 2, 2008

(BENNINGTON, Vt.) -- Veteran personal finance journalist Christine Dugas, who currently writes for USA Today, will deliver the 81st Southern Vermont College commencement address during graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 18.

Dugas has covered personal finance issues for USA Today since 1995 and is the author of “Fiscal Fitness: A Guide to Shaping up your Finances for the Rest of your Life,” published in 1995 by Andrews and McMeel. Prior to her stint at USA Today, she covered the business beat for New York Newsday for eight years. From 1985 to 1987, she worked for Business Week magazine.

In addition to her reporting responsibilities, she is currently working on a book about two of her life’s tragic moments: her husband’s death in 2002, a journalist who contracted a rare chronic illness while covering organized crime and corruption in Bombay, India, and a traumatic brain injury she suffered in 2005.

“Christine Dugas is a wonderful role model for our graduates and their families,” commented SVC President Karen Gross. “In addition to remarkable professional achievements in the competitive world of journalism, she is a person who has navigated life's exigencies and has emerged with wisdom, good humor and grace. 

“Commencement speakers are selected, at least in part, because they will inspire others. Christine Dugas fits that bill perfectly. She has achieved accolades for her work as a journalist and has also exhibited grace under pressure. Her personal and professional story is one from which we can all learn, and I am delighted -- truly delighted -- she will be joining us on May 18.”

A graduate of Bowling Green University, Dugas received a Masters of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin. Among her journalism honors are the New York State Press Association Award for business writing, the Lincoln University United Award for Economic Coverage, and the Newspaper Guild of New York Page One Award for Business Reporting.

Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 19 academic degree programs for approximately 450 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.