Southern Vermont College Hosts 86th Commencement Ceremony; Three National Leaders Honored

May 12, 2013

Southern Vermont College held its 86th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11, on the great lawn of the Everett Mansion. Three national leaders received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and addressed the 119 graduates making up the Class of 2013. The Honorary degree recipients were Michael J. Astrue, former Commissioner of Social Security; the Honorable Janice Lachance, Esq., Chief Executive Officer of the Special Libraries Association; and Brigadier General Barrye L. Price, U.S. Army.

In her address to the graduates, President Karen Gross reminded them that they hold the power of the possible in their hands “My basis for optimism is grounded in all of you – both in terms of what you have done at SVC and what you will do when you leave us,” she said. Brigadier General Barrye Price, recently awarded a second star, spoke about the graduates’ transformation. “Know that you are no longer who you were prior to this graduation. This event is one of life’s defining moments - - you’ve had a transformative experience – be transformed by it,” Price told them. “As Napoleon advised his lieutenants, ‘march to the sound of the guns.’  That is, go to where the best opportunity in life leads you.”

Southern Vermont College conferred associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees to 119. The baccalaureate degree Valedictorian was Scott Lippacher of Johnsonville, N.Y. The baccalaureate degree Salutatorian student was Tanjot Dhaliwal of Danbury, Ct.

 In the associate’s degree program, the Valedictorian student was Graylyn Johnson of Bennington, Vt. The Salutatorian was Marie Hawley of North Bennington, Vt.
Prior to the keynote addresses, two SVC graduates, Diana Rusakovich of Auburn, Mass., and Katelyn Duprey of Middlesex, Vt., offered their classmates parting remarks.
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 Shawnee Webster of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. The Lynda Curry Memorial Award, honoring the graduate who best exemplifies the fulfillment of the College’s mission, was given to Hershey Canta of Los Angeles, Calif. The Edward H. Everett Award, acknowledging numerous contributions to the Southern Vermont College community, was presented to Angela Colby of  Londonderry, N.H.