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MONTPELIER, Vt.—The Community College of Vermont (CCV) held its graduation ceremony today at Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House. More than 500 students from across the state received associate degrees at the event. Students representing all 14 Vermont counties graduated along with students from 11 other states and 9 other countries. The youngest graduates were 17 […]
On Saturday afternoon, CCV awarded more than 500 associate degrees to students from across the state at its 50th commencement ceremony.
Thousands of family members and friends gathered to watch their loved ones walk across the stage and reach the much-anticipated moment of accepting a college diploma. And in keeping with the spirit of CCV, which builds intimate learning communities across thirteen distinct centers, Saturday’s commencement was a testament to the power of the personal.
When Levi Costa was a kid, he would sometimes visit his late father’s classroom at the University of Vermont. “He taught this class called ‘A Bug’s Life,’” says Costa. “It was all about the biology of bugs. [At that time] I thought college was cool…”
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Community College of Vermont (CCV) will hold its 50th commencement ceremony at Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House in Northfield, Vermont on June 3, 2017. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. This year, nearly 500 students from across the state will be awarded associate degrees. Students representing all 14 Vermont counties […]
Thousands of proud, smiling faces filled Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House on Saturday, as more than 550 students from across the state received associate degrees.
Stay focused and never give up. Almost 600 CCV students were given that advice on Saturday when the College conferred associate degrees on members of the Class of 2015.
“Life, like so many valuable lessons, will not come easily or without its own set of challenges,” said student speaker Ashlee Brady-Kelly. “There may be times where it would be easier to succumb, than to thrive; to conquer. However I encourage you, no I beg you, please do not give up on yourself and never, never give up on your goals. It is in the most trying times that knowledge is gained and strength earned.”
College will change your life. There’s a hackneyed phrase if ever there was one, but for CCV grads this year, there’s real truth behind that thought.
“The people at CCV gave me my life back, they gave me my identity back and there are no words of gratitude or actions that can be taken to make up for that,” said Ashlee Brady-Kelly. “I definitely plan to come back and visit and to help in any way I can.”
It’s official: the graduates have made the walk, been handed their degrees, and flipped their tassels from left to right. But leading up to that moment, a fair amount was asked of the Class of 2014 on Saturday.
“I beg you, I beg you to stay in Vermont, live, work, raise a family in the best state of the fifty states, that’s my plea to you today,” Governor Peter Shumlin told the Class of 2014.
There’s nervousness. Pride. Joy. Anxiety. It’s like riding a big, rollercoaster of emotion and you’re just shy of the final loop-d-loop.
“I’m so content right now, things feel really good,” said Olivia Smith-Hammond. “I’m nervous, but I’m really trying to work on not fretting about the unknowns.”