Message from Board of Trustees - Peter Stern

Board Chair Dr. Peter Stern

Dr. Peter Stern is Chair of the Champlain College Board of Trustees. Stern is a former anesthesiologist at UVM/Fletcher Allen. He  earned his B.A. from the  University of Vermont,  MBA from the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth, and  his M.D. at UVM Medical School. He is an accountant/CPA, and also has a personal foundation. Stern has served on Champlain's Leadership Committee, Stern Center Board, Howard Center Board, Physician's Computer Company Board, and the Gailer School Board. Peter currently resides in Shelburne with his wife, Margie. He was Elected to the Board of Trustees in October 2004. 

He delivered the 138th Commencement Welcome to the Class of 2016 on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Watch Dr. Stern's welcome from the Board of Trustees to the Class of 2016 here.

Good Morning.

On behalf of the Champlain College Board of Trustees, it is my honor and pleasure to welcome each of you to the 138th Commencement of Champlain College.

I am honored to share this momentous day with you, the Class of 2016.

You are graduating from an amazing institution. Your time here has provided you with a full range of skills - both professional and personal - that will serve you throughout your career and life. Your radically pragmatic education is about to turn into a life that makes you ready to participate, ready to perform and ready to prosper.

Today, we will also present honorary degrees to two outstanding individuals whose contributions through the arts and public service make them particularly deserving of recognition.

All of us gathered here today take great pride in watching you, the members of the Class of 2016, become graduates. We extend to each of you our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous future.

The bonds you have formed with faculty, friends and associates, combined with your innovation and optimism, will last a lifetime. I am confident you will face the challenges and opportunities ahead in the spirit of Champlain's motto - Audeamus - or "Let Us Dare."

Dare to embrace your roles as leaders and strive to make our world a better place through your actions, words, and deeds. We look forward to following your success in life.

To the Champlain College Class of 2016 - Congratulations!

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and 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 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit