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Marlboro Graduates at Ceremony

Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000), was the speaker at Marlboro College’s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Persons Auditorium at Marlboro College. This 58th Commencement saw one of the largest number of graduating students in the college’s history. Of these 71 students, 63 received bachelor of arts degrees, five received bachelor of science degrees, and three received bachelor of arts in international studies degrees. There are 34 women and 37 men in this year's graduating class. David Zimmer was elected to give the senior speaker address.

Pinsky, whose award-winning work blends childhood memories and autobiographical details with political, social and philosophical issues, is the author of six books of poetry as well as literary criticism and translations. The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 won the 1997 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union and was a Pulitzer Prize Nominee. The Sounds of Poetry, one of his four books of literary criticism, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Pinsky’s translation of The Inferno of Dante was honored with the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. Currently a professor in the graduate creative writing program at Boston University, Pinsky is the poetry editor of the weekly Internet magazine Slate. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University, where he held a Stegner Fellowship in creative writing, and his B.A. from Rutgers University.

Nicholas Barber was honored for his service to the college and his dedication to heritage and historic preservation. Barber is chairman of Bolero International Ltd, an international trading company, and was Marlboro College’s first classics fellow in 1963 and Chair of the Board for Huron University USA, which was affiliated with Marlboro until 2004. In 2004, he was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England. He is chairman of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University, a former trustee of the British Museum and governor of the London Business School. Barber earned an M.A. from Wadham College, Oxford University, and his M.B.A. at Columbia University Business School, where he is a member of the Board of Overseers.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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