Champlain College honors graduates, rocks with Grace Potter and Katherine Paterson

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Champlain College honors graduates, rocks with Grace Potter and Katherine Paterson

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 1:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College President Donald J Laackman conferred 562 associate and bachelor degrees to one of the largest graduating class in the College’s history on Saturday, May 14 under an enormous tent spanning the entire Edmunds School athletic field adjacent to the college. More than 4,000 people attended the 138th annual Commencement ceremony with even more watching the simulcast in the Champlain Room of the CCM Building or online. The college’s 138th Undergraduate Commencement presented honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees to Vermont musician Grace Potter of Waitsfield and noted author Katherine Paterson of Barre.

Honorary Degree recipients musician Grace Potter, left, and author Katherine Paterson share a laugh after receiving their Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from Champlain College. ABOVE Champlain College Class of 2016 grads pose with the College's mascot Chauncey T Beaver at the reception following graduation. (Photos by Stephen Mease)

Author Katherine Paterson was presented with an honorary degree and a citation read by Professor Jim Ellefson: “ ...for decades, you have built bridges connecting young readers to both literature and libraries. Your imagination has allowed readers to explore fantastic new places and discover the power of unexpected friendships. Your honesty has born witness to the challenges associated with “growing up,” while your compassionate narratives validate the feelings and emotions of young adults in Vermont and beyond. You have enabled your readers to understand the importance of being open to those set apart or outcast from society and our responsibility to provide them with hope for a better life. You have been honored with the top awards in literature, including the Newbery Medal, National Book Award, Hans Christian Anderson Award, and named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. We celebrate your powerful body of work, your lifelong commitment to education and your storytelling skills.”

Grace Potter’s citation was read by Business Professor Thane Butt, “ Grace Potter, you have made a lasting impact on your community by following your dreams and bringing your artistic expression to life. Your music reflects your unique life experiences while simultaneously conveying universal truths and shared experiences. You have embraced your entrepreneurial spirit and charted your own course, reinforcing the importance of individualism and inspiring others to live their own dreams. We honor you for your compassion and commitment to community service. Your willingness to help others, both as an artist and a Vermonter, speaks to your desire to help those in need - whether through a concert to support a flood-devastated community or headlining an event to ease our veterans’ return from war.”

Major Chris Gookin, ‘99, State Public Affairs Officer for the Vermont National Guard, offered the Alumni Welcome to the graduates and their families. Nina Knorr, ‘16, a professional writing major in the Division of Communication and Creative Media delivered the Senior address.

In President Laackman’s address to the graduates, he focusing on the tremendous amount of change they have seen on campus during their four years and the change in themselves.

Mortarboards are tossed into the air at the conclusion of the Champlain College 138th Commencement Saturday in Burlington. Courtesy photo.

“The physical campus itself has undergone significant transformation and has almost always been under construction.  I am certain the route you followed when you took your first campus tour is not the same one you use today. You are the first graduating class to enjoy the Center for Communications & Creative Media, a transformative campus space designed to support collaboration and creative thinking. The Finney Quad, from which you began your procession today, was a parking lot your first year. Many of you have lived in Butler and Valcour Halls, which were simply drawings on paper when you considered attending Champlain,” Laackman noted.

And he concluded by offering one last assignment to the graduates “Lift up your spyglass. Stare intently into the future. It is your future to seize. Audeamus. Let us Dare!”

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 more than 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 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition. Champlain College is featured in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for 2016 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Champlain was named the #1 “Most Innovative School” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges and #14 in the overall list of “Best Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit

Champlain College Class of 2016 Graduates from Vermont (by Town)


Niles S. Fromm.  BFA Graphic Design & Digital Media


Anna Jane Prescott. AS Radiography

Carrie A. Stevens.   BS Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations


Nicole A. Daniels.  BS Integrated Studies

Hunter Gray.  BS Management of Creative Media


Arianne Kali Veitch.  BS Psychology


Seth A. LaFountain.  BS Cybersecurity


Page Y. Hallock.  BS Marketing

Adam William Swindell. BS Network Security and Administration


Matthew H. Lyon.  BS Psychology


Inna A. Aydinyan.  BS International Business, AS Business Management

Mitchell S. Bergeron.  BFA Creative Media              

Matthew Caulo.  BS Integrated Studies        

Grace E. Conley.  BS Legal Studies        

Andrea Craft.  BS Computer and Information Systems                      

R. Benjamin Eley.  BS  Computer and Information Systems       

Dawn R. Elliott.  BS Accounting        

Charles V. Ferguson.  AS Software Development      

Katherine Marie Goguen.  BS  Health Care Administration       

Maria M. Jarvis.  BSBA Business Administration       

Eric Jollymore.  BS Computer Forensics and Digital Investigation

Nina M. Knorr.  BS Professional Writing

Curran M. McKee.  BFA Digital Filmmaking

Richard C. Strous,  BS Integrated Studies

Jesse B. Budnick,  AS Business Management

Jane Lydia Adams,  BFA Graphic Design and Digital Media

Jennifer R. Trombley,  BFA  Graphic Design and Digital Media

Charles R. Cantin,  BS  Paralegal

Joshua Kelly,  BS Marketing Management


Louise M. Mulligan,  AS Radiography


Brenda Lee Spafford,  AS Business Management


Trudy Amber-Dowlin,  BS Integrated Studies


Gary B. Luman, Jr.,  BS Accounting


Charles A. Kozlowski,  BFA Digital Filmmaking

Holly M. Martin,  BS Integrated Studies

Doris S. Reynolds,  BS Integrated Studies

Joshua O. St. Hilaire,  BS Business Management

Jennifer A. Veronneau,  BS Criminal Justice

Elizabeth A. Lemieux,  BS Accounting

Tricia L. Phelps, BS Business Management

East Fairfield:

Tina E. Burns,  AS Business Management

Ethan Michael Farmer,  BS Computer Networking and Information Security

East Hardwick:

Dylan L. Gates,  BS Criminal Justice

East Thetford:

Jacob D. Emery,  BS Business Management

Enosburg Falls:

Brian J. Marchessault,  BS Integrated Studies


Peter Orzell,  BS Computer Science and Innovation

Michael T. Angel,  BS Computer Science and Innovation

Essex Junction:  

Adam P. Pasqual,  BS Legal Studies


Lisa M. Ashley,  BSBA Business Administration

Charles Daniel,  BS Network Security and Administration

Christopher C. Diego,  BS Computer Information Technology

Jamie K. Favaloro,  BSW Social Work

Lisa Marie McGInnis,  BS Health Information Technology

Crystal Dawn Nerbak,  BS Psychology

Alexandra Danielle Abell Nicasio,  AS Radiography

Devin A. Renca,  BFA Graphic Design and Digital Media

Hugues A. Ross, BS Game Programming

Joshua R. Sharp,  BS Management of Creative Media

Katherine A. Weed,  BS Marketing

Kari Ann Trudo,  BS Integrated Studies

Shannon Cara Welch,  BS Criminal Justice

Meredith J. Hansen,  BSBA Business Administration

Fair Haven:

Abigail Egan,  BS Health Care Administration


Amy Davenport,  AS Business Management

Grand Isle:

Linda S. Phypers,  BS Health Care Management


Emilie E. Donka,  BS Integrated Studies


Scott K. Barrett,  BS Computer and Digital Forensics

Matthew R. Sacco,  BS Professional Writing

Sara Noelle Stancliffe,  BS Secondary Education – English

Island Pond:

Alexander O. Acebo,  BS Computer Science and Innovation

Cara M. Worth,  BS Health Care Administration


Kevin M. Ameden,  BS Accounting

Jason W. Bean,  BS Health Information Technology


Ashley N. McClain,  BS Health Care Administration


Joseph T. Freitas,  BS Accounting

Christopher R. Miller,  BS Management of Creative Media

Dakotah R. Patnode,  BS Early Childhood/Elementary Education


Natalia C. Singh,  BS Psychology


Cody Mannigan, BFA Graphic Design and Digital Media


Brendan D. Grahn,  BS Marketing


Brandon E. Beliveau, BS Criminal Justice

Kayla M. Bushey, BS Accounting

Dennis G. Hamel, BS Integrated Studies

Tammie L. Conner, BS Integrated Studies

Robert A. Wilson, BS Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations

Inayatullah Yuridullah, BS Accounting

Michael Joseph Moshovetis, AS Business Management

Shawn P. Burke, BS Integrated Studies


Gail Barrows, BS Integrated Studies


Ian F. Sudol, BS Game Art and Animation

New Haven:  

Kellie J. Coakley, BS Psychology

Stephen E. Williams, BS Accounting


Megan E. Marquissee, BS Health Care Administration

Newport Center:  

Paige M. Leonard, AS Radiography

Daniel F. McLean, BS Game Programming

Brent Patenaude, BS Game Design

North Bennington:

Dale Jameson Lampman, BFA Digital Filmmaking

North Hero:

Matthew J Surprenant, BS Information Security

North Springfield:  

Kylie Amanda Bellows, AS Radiography


Walter W. Weaver, BS Game Art and Animation


Tyler J. Leno, BS Computer and Digital Forensics


Matthew L. Scarzello, BS Communication


Katherine E. Clemens, BS Psychology


William B. Zboray, BS Communication


Lyndsey N. Hobart, BS Psychology

Elizabeth Hemingway Lane, BS Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Miranda Kate Haskell, BS Psychology

William Scott Reed, BS Web Site Development & Design


Rhianna A. Graham-Frock BS Communication

Kelsey E. Keown BSBA Business Administration


Joseph T. Palumbo II, BFA Digital Filmmaking

Jessica Santini, BS Integrated Studies

Peggy A. Campney, AS Accounting

St Albans:

Elizabeth Bockus, BS Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Hanah Kelly, BS Legal Studies

Travis A. Vigneau, BS Network Security and Administration

Hadley I. Priebe, BS Communication


Andrew C. Esposito, BS Game Programming

Jay E. Guyette, BS Integrated Studies

Geralynn Thornton, AS Health Informatics

Sidney T. Miller V, BSBA Business Administration


Marissa N. Forcier, AS Radiography

South Burlington:  

Jason F. Ehlers, BS Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations

Kandice G. Greenough, BS Health Care Administration

Selena E. LeClair, BS Public Relations

Steven D. Macomber, BSBA Business Administration

Aline A. Oliveira, BSW Social Work

Mrs. Rodica Timbalari, BS Accounting

Joshua M. Franklin, BS Business Management

Samuel J. McCarthy, BS Marketing

Samantha Lynn Prince, BS Health Care Management

South Hero:  

Megan E. Bessette, BS Early Childhood/Elementary Education


Lisa S. Wener, AS Accounting


Rebecca M. Merson, BS Psychology

Jacqueline Stafford, BS Communication


David M. Beaulieu, BS Business Management

Joanne M. Saunders, BSW Social Work

Jorie Rose Spaulding, BS Marketing

Kayleigh Vespa BS Marketing

Eli J. Yandow AS Radiography


Levi E. Heh, BS Computer Information Technology


Monica D. Birchmore, BS Accounting


Kathleen M. Sharon, BS Psychology

West Glover:  

Joseph E. Morrill, BS Computer Science and Innovation


Theresa I. Gwozdz, BS Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Christin E. Young, BS Health Care Management


Oliver H. Fischer, BFA Graphic Design & Digital Media


William Richard Brooks, BS Accounting

Kody A. Corbosiero, BS Game Art and Animation

Benjamin D. Drinkwine, BS Accounting

Maxwell M. Erickson, BFA Digital Filmmaking

Amanda J. Hollick, BS Game Art and Animation

Nicholas J. Ledak, BFA Graphic Design & Digital Media

Brian C. Letourneau, BS Computer Networking & Cybersecurity

Noah Jeffrey Limanek, BFA Graphic Design & Digital Media

Shawna M. Pratt, AS Business Management

Kristian J. Riley, BS Criminal Justice

Shannon E. Ryan, BSBA Business Administration

Elliot H. Schneider, BFA Graphic Design & Digital Media

Sophia L. Steinhoff, BS Computer and Digital Forensics

Emily M. Young, BS Public Relations

Todd J. Young, BS Health Information Technology

Matthew Robert Snelling, AS Web Design and Development

Taylor J. Roberts, BSBA Business Administration


Angela E. Menard, BSW Social Work

Tyler G. Whitlock, BS Computer Science and Innovation


Hailey A. Neal, BS Professional Writing


Source: BURLINGTON, VT (May 14, 2016) – Champlain College