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News Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin To Speak at 66th Commencement, May 19

MARLBORO, VT (May 8, 2013) – Marlboro College is pleased to announce their 66th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 19 with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin addressing the 61 graduates from the Class of 2013.

"Governor Shumlin is an ideal choice to address our thoughtful, motivated, and well-prepared graduates this year," said college president Ellen McCulloch-Lovell. "He is keenly aware of the talents our graduates possess and the importance of utilizing those precious skills in a democratic society."

Governor Shumlin was first elected to head the State of Vermont in 2010 and again in 2012. His career in public service spans over 30 years, having started at the age of 24 when he was elected to serve on the Putney select board. In 1990, Governor Madeleine Kunin appointed Peter to fill an empty seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, where he served for three years. He then served Windham County for eight terms in the Vermont Senate.

Class of 2013 graduates will be regaled by Governor Shumlin, as well as Marlboro Board President Dean Nicyper '76, McCulloch-Lovell, Dean of Faculty Richard Glezjer, and senior speaker Evan Lamb ’13.

Marlboro will award Governor Shumlin an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony, and Julie Johnson Kidd, President of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation since 1980, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her stalwart dedication and support of the liberal arts.

The entire commencement, will stream live online at beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Images and video from the event will be available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College marketing & communications office at .


With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment and make a positive difference in the world. Founded in 1946, the undergraduate campus comprising roughly 300 students is located in the town of Marlboro with the Center for Graduate and Professional Studies campus nestled in the vibrant community of Brattleboro. Students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability and community.


Julie Johnson Kidd has served as President of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation since 1980.  Since that time, she has served as a Chair and Member on numerous Boards of Trustees in the United States and Europe.  In the United States, those institutions include Middlebury College, Hamilton College, Teachers College of Columbia University, The Brearley School, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. She was Chairman of the Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation and a Founding Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian.  In Europe, she serves on the Board of the Artes Liberales Institute at the University of Warsaw, and the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts.

She received the Heye Foundation Medal of Honor from the Museum of the American Indian, the James Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution for her work in creating the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, the Council of Independent Colleges’ Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy, and the University of Warsaw Medal of Honor. 

Mrs. Kidd has lived in New York City with her husband since 1970 and they have four grown children, all of whom are involved in the arts, education or medicine.

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