Community College of Vermont Graduates More Than 500

  • Hunter Knox of Windsor, received the Student Service Award at the Community College of Vermont's 50th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Shapiro Field House on the Norwich University Campus. (Community College of Vermont - Josh Larkin)

  • Community College of Vermont -- Josh Larkin CCV-Upper Valley students pose for a group photo just before the start of CCV's 50th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Shapiro Field House on the Norwich University Campus. (Community College of Vermont - Josh Larkin)

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Northfield, Vt. — Community College of Vermont celebrated its commencement on Saturday, with more than 500 students from across the state receiving associate degrees at Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House.

The graduates included 44 veterans or people on active duty in the military. The oldest degree recipient was 62, while the youngest was 17, school officials said.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott congratulated the graduates and acknowledged the significance of their accomplishment.

“Although I’m sure you’ve received a lot of help, support and encouragement, it was you who made it across the finish line,” he said.

He also encouraged graduates to accept that life doesn’t always follow a straight path. “You never know what hand you’re going to be dealt, where your college experience will lead you, where you’re going to go or how you’re going to get there,” he said. “And that’s OK, because that’s what makes life so interesting. So embrace the challenges ahead.”

Eben Bayer, CEO of Ecovative, which uses biology to address environmental challenges, delivered the commencement address, and spoke about the importance of persistence.

Levi Costa, a Lamoille County resident, was the student speaker, and he acknowledged the support he received from classmates, faculty, staff, and family.

“You don’t have to struggle by yourself,” he said. “You know why? Just look around you. Look at your classmates who came on this journey with you. Look at the community that’s here to support you. You are not alone: A helping hand is always there. You just have to reach for it.”

President Joycr Judy congratulated the graduates and urged them to keep striving.

“I encourage you to take time to reflect on the hard work that got you here, and to celebrate this moment,” Judy said. “I also want to emphasize that this is not an ending. Though you have finished your time at CCV, I hope that your drive to succeed has yet to run its course.”

CCV Upper Valley Graduates

Graduates of CCV’s Upper Valley program include: Felicia S. Allard, Randolph; Evan C. Antal, South Pomfret; Amy Audsley, Bethel; Julie A. Bardales, Norwich; Gabrielle E. Blanchard, Thetford Center; Garrett Bryan, South Royalton; Holly M. Burnham, White River Junction; Kristal L. Clark, Bridgewater Corners; Amanda L. Clarke, Windsor; Olivia R. Dedell, Woodstock; Jessica L. Demers, Windsor; Colby R. Ebbighausen, North Hartland; Emmett L. Frank, Norwich; Samuel W. Harrison, Brownsville; Amber M. Heath, Windsor; William J. Henne, Windsor; David A. Kersey; White River Junction; Hunter G. Knox, Windsor; Sarah B. Kwiatkowski, Tunbridge; Brittany N. Leal, Norwich; Michael J. Mayo, White River Junction; Abby L. O’Donnell, East Thetford; Emilie A. Perry, Newbury, Vt.; Lura M. Pratson, Woodstock; Anya H. Prochorchik, Thetford Center; Meghan Riege, Hartford; Dalice R. Russ, Stockbridge; Linda L. Russell, Windsor; Naomi Severance, White River Junction; Catherine M. Slocum, Randolph; Hannah C. Smith, West Lebanon; Sherri L. Spittle, Sharon; Dawn M. St Martin, Corinth; Shandryl C. Thibodeau, West Lebanon; Melissa A. Trzesiara, White River Junction; Nellie L. Walitynski, Norwich; Kimisue D. Wallace, North Walpole; Kristen J. Webber, West Lebanon; Chantal M. Wood, White River Junction.