Vermont Tech celebrates 148th commencement

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Vermont Tech celebrates 148th commencement

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:00am -- tim

On Saturday, May 17, Vermont Tech celebrated the college’s 148th annual commencement ceremony. Taking place at Norwich University’s Shapiro Fieldhouse in Northfield, Vt., 456 Vermont Tech students graduated with associate and bachelor’s degrees. 

“Just as there was no hiding from that final exam, that senior project, that lab report, that shift at the farm, that clinic, there is no escape from the credit that is due to you, for your effort and commitment and the drive that got you here, in the spring, at a moment of transition and transformation,” said Vermont Tech President Dan Smith to the graduating class. “It has not been easy and nor should it be, because it is a benchmark and a milestone that you will note for the rest of your lives when you hear yourself say: ‘I graduated from Vermont Tech in the spring of 2014’.”

Selected by the commencement committee, it is a Vermont Tech tradition for a member of the graduating class to give a student address. Following Smith’s remarks to the graduates and their families, 2014 graduate Magdalene Miller gave the student address, offering a message to her fellow classmates. 

Roger Allbee, former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets, delivered this year’s commencement speech and was also awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa. 

“Over time this institution, as the only technical college in the state, has added disciplines or career paths to meet the employment needs within the state and region. You today represent that broad base of trained individuals,” said Mr. Allbee. “Use your education, use your talents, use your skills and use your dreams to make Vermont and other places you travel to a better place.” 

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About Vermont Tech – Vermont Tech is a leading public college with a mission of applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at five nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region.