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SVC’s 90th Commencement Ceremony and Links to Order Photos & Video

Bagpiper and drummer at CommencementSouthern Vermont College (SVC) conferred degrees to more than 82 graduates at its 90thCommencement exercises on Saturday, May 13, on the Greystone lawn of the Everett Mansion. An Honorary Degree of Humane Letters was awarded to Nicholas M. Donofrio, awarding-winning, former IBM Vice President of Innovation and Technology and IBM Fellow Emeritus. Donofrio addressed the graduates as Commencement speaker.

President David Evans, in his welcoming remarks, urged the graduates to use their knowledge and to pursue the SVC President Evans speaking at commencementtruth in whatever they do. “We are in a world now where structures of authority and truth are in flux,” Evans told them, “and where social media often give the platform to the loudest and most aggressive, rather than the most honest and thoughtful.”

Three selected student class speakers offered sentiments about their experience at SVC in remarks to their classmates: Sara Yetto of Northville, N.Y., Judd Eichorst of Bennington, Vt., and JaShayla Thomas of Copperas Cove, Tex.

The Commencement Speaker Donofrio reminded the graduates that “graduation ends nothing … it begins everythiNicholas Donofrio Speaking at Commencementng.” In his rousing speech, he urged the grads to remember their experience at SVC, this “amazing inclusive environment,” as they go out into the world. Before offering his wish for the graduates for future health, happiness, prosperity and “time to enjoy it all,” he told them to stay in touch. “It’s very important to help enable the people who helped enable you,” Donofrio added.

The College conferred bachelor’s degrees to 82 graduates, one associate’s degree, three Computed Tomography certificates, and two College Steps certificates. The baccalaureate degree Valedictorian was Sara Yetto. The baccalaureate degree Salutatorian was Melodie Ann Orrell of Gloucester, Mass.

Associate P2017 Graduates on cascaderofessor Sarah Nosek of The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences was elected by her peers to deliver farewell remarks from the faculty.

Three traditional awards were presented to graduating students. The William A. Glasser Award, honoring a student for achieving outstanding personal and academic growth while at the College, was given to Melodie Ann Orrell. The Lynda Curry Memorial Award, honoring the graduate who best exemplifies the fulfillment of the College’s mission, was given to Heather Elaine Clifford of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. The Edward H. Everett Award, acknowledging numerous contributions to the Southern Vermont College community, was presented to Emily Bagley of Charlton, Mass.

Three graduates: Jose Ferreras of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Cierra of Locke, N.Y.; and Sarah Marie Weiler of Arlington, Vt.; were recognized for publishing their first novel through the Shires Press Publishing Program, a four-semester curriculum offered through SVC’s Hunter Division of Humanities and a partnership with Northshire Bookstore.

The links below show professional pictures from Commencement and Nursing Pinning Ceremony that are available for purchase:
Commencement 2017
Nurses Pinning Ceremony 2017

HERE is a form to purchase a video of the Commencement ceremony.

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