Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore to Speak at Lyndon State College Commencement

April 27, 2018

LYNDON, VERMONT — The Weather Channel meteorologist and Lyndon State College graduate Jim Cantore will speak May 20 at the college’s 106th commencement, at which about 265 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees are expected to be conferred. The 11 a.m. ceremony will be held on the college’s soccer field.

The event is free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Atmospheric Sciences major G. Mitchell Most of the Class of 2018 also will speak. After the ceremony, the public is invited to a coffee and dessert social at Stannard Gymnasium. 

Cantore received a Lyndon State Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999 and was inducted as an inaugural member into the Vermont State Colleges Hall of Fame in 2016.

“It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Jim Cantore to campus as Lyndon State College’s 2018 commencement speaker,” notes Lyndon State College President Elaine Collins. “Jim has had a distinguished and lengthy career at The Weather Channel, now in his 32nd year. As anchor and weather reporter, he has shared his deep passion for nature’s fury with our nation. Jim is an active alum, returning for the past 15 years to work with students in the Atmospheric Sciences program, giving back to our students through his time, talent, and experience. He has also supported Lyndon students with scholarships in his name, so they may pursue their passions for the atmospheric sciences. In recognition of his vast contributions, during the commencement ceremony Jim Cantore will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.”

Cantore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology in 1986 from Lyndon State’s nationally recognized program and was hired at The Weather Channel right out of college. He is the channel’s storm tracker during weather events and also covers daily forecasts and weather news on the channel’s “AMHQ” show. Cantore is a frequent contributor to NBC programs and affiliates and MSNBC shows. The White River Junction native now lives in the Atlanta area. 

In 2013, Cantore was inducted into the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center Hall of Fame and the Silver Circle of the National Television Academy of Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

The commencement also will be live-streamed in the Alexander Twilight Theatre on campus.

The event will be the last commencement for Lyndon State before it officially becomes Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in a unification with Johnson State College July 1. After the transition, NVU-Lyndon and NVU-Johnson will continue to host separate commencements each spring. 

For more information, visit http://lyndonstate.edu/about/special-events/may-commencement/.

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