LSC Commencement Ceremony Includes Speaker Willem Lange and Rare Honorary Degree from Class of ’42


May 10, 2013

Willem Lange will deliver the address at Lyndon State College’s 102nd commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19. An author and a teacher, Lange has also been a commentator and host for Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Public Television and New Hampshire Public Television (NHPT).

Lange writes the weekly column, “A Yankee Notebook,” which appears in several New England newspapers. He’s published numerous audio recordings and eight books, and won an Emmy for a one-hour feature program on NHPT. Will also founded the Geriatric Adventure Society, a group of outdoor enthusiasts.

He will be joined on the dais by Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Jeff Danielian ‘98, author and teacher resource specialist for the National Association for Gifted Children, and student speaker Brian Stone ‘13. Ceremonial greeter is Taylore Aussiker ‘13; Samantha VanSchoick ‘13 will deliver the Ode to the Class of 2013. Music will be provided by LSC’s popular “Americana/folk rock” trio Suncooked.

An honorary degree will be conferred when Dr. Ray Griffin of Barton, Vermont, is made an honorary member of the Class of 1942. Griffin attended Lyndon Teacher’s College until December 1941, when his studies were interrupted by a stint in the United States Air Force.

In his letter to the Vermont State College’s Board of Trustees to recommend the award, Lyndon President Joe Bertolino noted, “Two of Dr. Griffin’s children attended and graduated from LSC: Judith Griffin McKelvey ‘90, a teacher in Newport, Vt., and Rebecca Griffin Tobey ‘83, a teacher in Mount Holly, Vt. Judy and Olive, Dr. Griffin’s wife of 67 years, accompanied him to Homecoming 2012, where he was the only representative from the Class of 1942 – – the 70th reunion class! I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Griffin, who shared that he never officially ‘graduated’ from Lyndon due to his service during the war, but he always wanted a Lyndon degree and has a strong affinity to his original alma mater.”

This is the first honorary degree awarded by LSC since Poet Galway Kinnell was recognized in 2002.

More than 220 graduates and their families are expected to fill the tent on the LSC soccer field for the 11 a.m. ceremony. There will be reserved spaces for wheelchairs under the tent. The event will also be broadcast live in the climate-controlled Alexander Twilight Theatre. A pre-ceremony breakfast social in the Theatre lobby is planned. The post-ceremony reception in the Stannard Gym will give students “photo ops” with faculty, family, and friends. Both receptions are open to all.

Public Safety officials will be on campus all day to direct guests to available parking areas. Shuttle service and/or accommodations will be available for those unable to walk distances.

For further details, please visit http://www.lyndonstate.edu/commencement.

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