On June 2, 2012, nearly three thousand faculty, staff, and friends and relatives of students from CCV’s 12 academic centers gathered to honor the largest graduating class in the College’s history.
This year 587 students received associate degrees. The graduates:
- ranged in age from 19 to 71
- 63 percent were first-generation college attenders
- 29 were military veterans
- students from all 14 Vermont counties, eight other U.S. states, and from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Costa-Rica, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Nepal, Senegal, and the United Kingdom received degrees.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin visited with students before the ceremony and joined President Joyce Judy in leading the processional of graduates and dignitaries. Marshalls this year were retiring staff members David Buchdahl, director of institutional research and planning, and Janice E. Couture, coordinator of academic services.
The 2012 CCV Community Service award was presented to Bari and Peter Dreissigacker, co-founders of Concept2 Rowing of Morrisville, who have made exemplary contributions to Vermont and its communities in their work as inventors, entrepreneurs, employers, and philanthropists. Michael Ohler, who has successfully incorporated service-learning into the classes he has taught at CCV since 1998, received the Faculty Community Service Award; and the Student Community Service Award was presented to Stacey Andreola, who has served as a mentor for the Boys & Girls Club, and volunteered at Porters Point Elementary School.
The Honorable Denise R. Johnson, the first woman to be appointed a justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, delivered the keynote address. Citing the preamble to the Constitution of the United States, she urged graduates to use the intellectual tools they had refined and enhanced in college to help the nation: “We are on a journey together that requires ‘we the people,’ with all the civic virtue we can muster, to make it work.”
Patrick Magnus, the class of 2012 student speaker, graduated with an Associate in Liberal Studies and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree through the External Degree Program at Johnson State College. A recognized leader and a mentor to his fellow students, he continues to support new students in his role as a financial aid counselor at CCV-Winooski. He urged his classmates to take what they have learned in the classroom and bring it into their communities: “…continue to engage, think critically, and see versions of yourself in the people around you. …keep yourself involved and do not allow yourself to simply go through the motions.”