Communications Office: Stephen Mease
BURLINGTON, VT — Saturday, May 5, Champlain College congratulated the 134th graduating class for their great achievements. At the Commencement Ceremony, held at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, 436 students received bachelor's degrees and 15 received associate's degrees. On Friday, May 4, 66 master's degrees were distributed to students at Champlain's Alumni Auditorium.
Champlain College President David F. Finney offered the Class of 2012 strong encouragement that they were ready to graduate, noting a long list of accomplishments they had already achieved while working, serving, and playing at Champlain College. Degrees from the divisions of business, communication and creative media, continuing professional studies, education and human studies, and information technology and sciences were presented to President Finney.
Honorary degrees for public service, humane letters, and fine arts were conferred on Dr. John W. Heisse, Jr., Dr. Patrick Masterson, and Andrea B. Rogers, respectively. Rogers delivered remarks on behalf of the honorary degree recipients, while Masterson addressed the 2012 candidates for degrees. "Unlike myself," Masterson said after receiving his honorary doctorate of humane letters, "you have earned your degree."
Having attended the College, students are ready to provide "a supply in advance of demand" by providing new ideas, creativity, and even working in new jobs. "Over 50 percent of the graduating class will be starting jobs within their field of study in the next week," stated President Finney. "Eleven members of the class of 2012 have already created their own business." Each year, Champlain's number of job placements after graduation is increasing; many students contribute it to the internships, part-time jobs, and contract work that they held while attending Champlain.
The ceremony included a procession of 451 graduates and faculty led by the Pipes and Drums of the St. Andrew's Society of Vermont, and an Alumni Welcome from Daniel G. Bergeron '09; and Senior Address by Megan H. Percy '12.
The college also held its ninth Hooding and Commencement on Friday, May 4 to confer 66 master's level degrees to students from across the country in nine areas of study: business administration, fine arts in emergent media, science in digital forensic management, digital forensic science, managing innovation and information technology, mediation and applied conflict studies, law, healthcare management, and early childhood education. The address to graduates was given by Rep. Shap Smith, D-Morristown, speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.