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NewsPress Release: 8/25/01Seventy-Seven Students Receive Master's Degrees from the Persons School of Marlboro College

BRATTLEBORO, VT- The Persons School of Marlboro College will celebrate its fourth commencement at 10:30 a.m. August 26, graduating 77 students from the three master's-level programs: 40 have earned a Master of Science in Internet Strategy Management, 23 a Master of Internet Engineering, and 14 a Master of Arts in Teaching with Internet Strategies.

Fourteen residents of the Brattleboro area will walk in Sunday's ceremony, including: Christina Smith of Bellows Falls; Corin Nelson of Dummerston; Drew Gradinger and Carol Sevick of Putney; Kara Devlin, Jennifer Kramer, and Steven Rigler of South Newfane; and Indu Aggarwal, Christopher Clauss, Carolyn Conrad, John Donaldson, Robert Hardin, William Lax, and Laura Stone of Brattleboro.

Kramer will be the class speaker representing the Master of Science in Internet Strategy Management.

The majority of this year's graduating class are in their 30s, with 15 percent in their 50s, 28 percent in their 40s, and 18 percent in their 20s. While the highest concentration of students hail from Vermont, other states represented in this graduating class include Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

To graduate from any one of the Persons School's programs, students must complete a Capstone project, the equivalent of a traditional master's thesis. A Capstone project demonstrates mastery of the interdisciplinary curriculum and the implementation of an innovative concept for the use of the Internet in an organizational or educational setting.

Sample Capstone projects for 2001 include: Dynamic Internet Directory for Young Children and Emergent Readers; Storybooks Online; Radio Free Brattleboro: Internet Streaming Audio; Baseball Mogul Wireless; and Pre-Trip Curriculum for Rocky Shores Explorations at the Seacoast Science Center.

The speaker for this year's Persons School commencement will be Deborah Devedjian. Devedjian established Copernicus Learning Fund, L.P., in July 2001 to invest in education and training (E&T) companies and to address the private equity needs of this under-served $2 trillion global sector. She holds an M.B.A from Harvard Business school and has delivered and written over 100 speeches on venture capital, education reform, and international business.

Devedjian's professional background also includes: founding RoundTable Partners, Inc., an international venture finance and advisory boutique that incubates high tech ventures and turns around middle market companies; co-founding a plant biotechnology company that sold the first commercial, genetically engineered plants for nonagricultural applications with repeat clients including DuPont, IT Corp., and the U.S. Army; and being the first American selected for the 10-member Transitional Team to write the business plan and launch operations of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (a $13-billion merchant bank founded by 55 countries to finance private-sector ventures in Eastern Europe and the former USSR).

Established in 1997, the Persons School of Marlboro College has become nationally known for preparing individuals for the multidisciplinary demands of the online profession, and for producing leaders who understand the latest technology and the fundamental challenged that occur when schools and businesses go online. The yearlong programs are designed for working professionals who meet every other weekend and online for their studies.

Graduation will take place in Persons Auditorium in Marlboro. Continuing last year's tradition, the Persons School plans to have a live Webcam at commencement, enabling online viewers to catch the graduation via a link to the Persons School Website at

For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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