CEO of Snap-on Inc Nicholas Pinchuk keynotes SVC commencement

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CEO of Snap-on Inc Nicholas Pinchuk keynotes SVC commencement

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:11am -- tim

Led by bagpiper and drummer, Southern Vermont College students process down Greystone Lawn from the historic Everett Mansion on Saturday, May 12, for the College’s 91st Commencement exercises. SVC​ commencement photos by Max Flatow.

Vermont Business Magazine Southern 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.”

Two 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.

Nicholas T. Pinchuk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Snap-on Incorporated, received an Honorary degree and gave the keynote address at Saturday’s Southern Vermont College 91st Commencement in Bennington, Vermont.

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.

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 exemplifies 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.

About SVC:

Southern Vermont College President David Evans introduces Honorary Degree Recipient/Commencement Speaker Nicholas Pinchuk.

Founded in 1974 but with roots extending to 1926, Southern Vermont College is a small, liberal arts college located on a 371-acre campus overlooking the Green Mountains. The College aspires to be a model of an enlightened educational community: diverse, supportive, environmentally respectful and socially responsible. Through its career-focused, liberal arts curriculum, SVC transforms students into engaged citizens with a broad perspective of an ever-changing society. Classroom learning is combined with real-life, real-world experiences in the study of business, humanities, nursing and health services, natural sciences and math, and the social sciences. SVC’s athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification Institution. For more information, visit

About Nicholas T. Pinchuk:

Nicholas T. Pinchuk is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Snap-on Incorporated. In April 2007, Pinchuk became president and chief operating officer, as well as a member of the board of directors, at Snap-on Incorporated. In December 2007, he was elected as chief executive officer and was named chairman of the company in April 2009. Pinchuk joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on’s Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group. Before Snap-on, Pinchuk was president of global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, he served in executive, operational, planning and financial capacities within Carrier and United Technologies, including: president of Asia-Pacific air conditioning operations; global vice president of strategic planning; and chief financial officer of Carrier International Corporation. Before joining United Technologies, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions. Pinchuk is an outspoken leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of our nation’s technical education agenda, the Career and Technical Education Foundation named Pinchuk National Business Leader of the Year in 2011. SkillsUSA named him Champion of the Year in 2012, recognizing his extensive support for the growth of a skilled American workforce. He was inducted into the 2014 Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame. More recently, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association recognized Pinchuk in 2015 for his far-reaching professional contributions. Pinchuk served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army. At JP Morgan Chase & Co.’s ongoing series of conversations with influential leaders in business, Pinchuk responded to how his military service had influenced the way he ran his business. He said, “My time in the Army taught me the value of teamwork, the importance of skills and the power of confidence and belief. It’s guided how I serve my company and how I think about any issue, including the up-skilling of our youth.” Pinchuk received a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation and the National Association of Manufacturers. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, on the Senior Advisory Board of the Syracuse University School of Management, and on the Board of Trustees of Carthage College.

Source: SVC 5.12.2018