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 will be graduating along with students from 11 other states and 9 countries. Also among the graduates are 44 veterans and active duty military. The youngest graduate is 17 and the oldest is 62.
The College is pleased to announce that Eben Bayer, CEO and co-founder of Ecovative, will deliver this year’s commencement address. Bayer’s work is focused on using biology to create innovative solutions to environmental challenges. He has presented his work at TEDGlobal, PopTech, and the World Economic Forum.
The student speaker for the 2017 commencement is Levi Costa, who graduates from the College’s Morrisville academic center. Costa was one of the first participants in CCV’s Man Up program, which provides special incentives for young men in Lamoille County to attend CCV. During his time at CCV, he was a member of the College’s Academic Council and a peer mentor. Costa is graduating with an A.S. in Business, and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Vermont.
Michele and Peter Asch of Twincraft Skincare will receive the 2017 Community Service Award. Both have a long history of entrepreneurship and service to Vermont. At Twincraft, the Asches have made significant contributions to workforce education and development.
CCV-Rutland faculty member Carol Tashie will receive the 2017 Faculty Community Service Award. In addition to teaching classes at CCV, Tashie runs Radical Roots Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Rutland. She is active in several area organizations and service initiatives, including Rutland Welcomes, a volunteer group working to support refugee resettlement.
CCV President Joyce Judy will officiate the event and members of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees will be in attendance.