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SVC’s 91st Commencement – Links to Order Photos & Video

graduates processingSouthern Vermont College (SVC) recognized 84 degree candidates and 2 certificate recipients at its 91st Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, on the Greystone Lawn of the Everett Mansion. An Honorary Degree of Humane Letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Snap-on Incorporated. Pinchuk addressed the graduates as Commencement speaker.

President David Evans, in his welcoming remarks to the graduates, said “This is a day of joy, a rite of passage that marks your very significant achievement and milestone from which you should draw great strength. You have done good work. You will do more good work. We are counting on you.”

President Evans at commencement podiumTwo selected student class speakers offered sentiments about their experience at SVC in remarks to their classmates: Queenie Lyka Garrison of North Bennington, Vt., and Sharlyne Mary Marte of New York City.

Commencement speaker Pinchuk gave some advice to the graduates and said, “America is about the pursuit of happiness, you are charged with leading and pursuing. I’m going to advise you to communicate and to be curious. This time is your time. People are looking at you. The world is watching. You have an impact on the future, but you have an impact now.” He continued in saying, “All of you are the leaders of the many. You’re going to move to a place where the goals are bigger than yourself. The more you focus on something the stronger you will be.” He mentioned to the graduates that they will see change and that they should do something about it.

The College recognized 83 bachelor’s degree candidates, one associate’s degree candidate, and two College Steps certificate recipients. The baccalaureate degree Valedictorian was Queenie Lyka Garrison of North Bennington, Vt. The baccalaureate degree Salutatorian was Torrey Kurtzner of Bennington, Vt.Nicholas Pinchuk at SVC podium

Assistant Professor Lynda Sinkiewich of The Hunter Division of Humanities 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 Melissa Noelle Mascari of Wilton, N.Y. The Lynda Curry Memorial Award, honoring the graduate who best 2018 graduates under tentexemplifies the fulfillment of the College’s mission, was given to Sharlyne Mary Marte of New York City. The Edward H. Everett Award, acknowledging numerous contributions to the Southern Vermont College community, was presented to Bridget Cain of Newark, Delaware.

Four graduates: Chyenne Deja Daley of Bronx, N.Y.; Tanisha K. Wright of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Benyamin Zvi Wurmfeld of Nassau, N.Y.; and Mikaela Marie Zemaitis of Watertown, Conn.; 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 2018
Nurses Pinning Ceremony 2018


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

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