Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies 17th Commencement
August 23, 2014

“My schools in India taught me how to be patriotic, but did not teach me how to connect with the rest of the world, and to treat everyone as fellow human beings,” said Savitha Rajamani an international student from Marlboro’s MA in Teaching for Social Justice program. “I am confident that I am getting the right tools to break not only mine but also my students’ coconut-shelled heads in the future.”

Savitha was one of 66 graduates of the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies programs who celebrated their commencement on August 23, 2014. Colleagues, friends, and, gathered at the Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro, to recognize the new graduates, followed by a reception at the graduate center. The graduates were addressed by commencement speaker Rha Goddess, a cultural innovator, social entrepreneur, and founder of Move the Crowd.

In addition to Savitha, two other student speakers chosen by their program chairs spoke to their personal story of transformation through their Marlboro educational experience. Philip Kolling, a student in the MSM in Mission-Driven Organizations program, was recently appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin to lead Vermont's Americorps programs. Claire Wheeler enrolled in the MBA in Managing for Sustainability program after quitting her job and launching a new career. 

“At Marlboro, we learn how to change the world by seeing two things that are seemingly opposed as two parts of the same whole, like 'sustainability and business,' or 'building community through distance-learning,'" said Claire. “This education is about becoming whole ourselves in order to create a world that is more whole.”

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