Marlboro College



Marlboro, VT - (May 17, 2010) -- While the phrase "small by design" is often invoked when discussing Marlboro College, the liberal arts institution in southern Vermont had its largest graduating class receive diplomas during its sixty-third commencement ceremony in Persons Auditorium on Sunday, May 16, 2010.

Eighty students were conferred bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of arts in international studies degrees, along with one master of arts degree. The college's approach to liberal arts education leads to interdisciplinary majors, called the Plan of Concentration, that often combined diverse subjects, such as modern dance and Islamic studies; physics and computer science; sociology and biology; mathematics and writing; and painting and gender studies, to name a few.

The 2008 graduating class was previously the largest with 74 seniors completing their Plans of Concentration. Marlboro College president Ellen McCulloch-Lovell said the record number of graduates is not reflective of an attempt to increase the number of enrolled students -- the population capacity has remained 330 for some time -- but rather a testament to the caliber of students who attend.

"We're doing a better job of identifying what kind of student succeeds in our self-directed educational model," said McCulloch-Lovell, who goes on to describe the ideal Marlboro student as "typically having a mature mindset, and seeking the opportunity to work closely with faculty to pursue subjects in which they have a passionate interest."

Despite the small population, Marlboro's graduating class represents 24 states and one international country. While the majority of students are from the northeast, with Vermont and New York leading the way with 11 apiece, seniors also hail from California, Iowa, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia and Washington, among others.

With almost one-third of its students achieving graduation, Marlboro College says it will continue to accept applications for the Fall 2010 semester. Those interested are encouraged to visit the Admissions section of the website for application requirements.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College also offers graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.



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