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News Environmentalist Bill McKibben to Speak at 65th Marlboro College Commencement, May 13

MARLBORO, Vermont (May 3, 2012) -- Marlboro College will welcome author and environmentalist Bill McKibben as commencement speaker at the college's 65th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 13.

McKibben authored a dozen books about the environment before founding, a climate change awareness campaign that has coordinated over 15,000 rallies in more than 175 countries since 2009.

"Solving global warming is going to take not just engineers and chemists, but every discipline -- musicians and theologians and psychologists and economists," said McKibben from his home in central Vermont. "A liberal arts college -- especially one like Marlboro filled with self-starters -- was designed for this particular challenge."

"It's an honor to have such a renowned environmentalist, author and educator here at Marlboro," said college president Ellen McCulloch-Lovell. "His intellect and activism reflect the engagement of a Marlboro education."

McKibben's address, and the entire commencement, will stream live online at The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

Marlboro will award McKibben an honorary Doctor of Letters during the ceremony, where 79 students are expected to graduate.

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Harold Grinspoon will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his outstanding support of literacy and Jewish culture. Grinspoon attended Marlboro College in 1948-50. Vermont-based poet Verandah Porche, the longest serving member of the Governor's Institute of the Arts, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters as well.

The senior class has chosen Shea Witzberger, who will receive a BA in Politics, as its senior speaker.

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Environmentalist, author and educator Bill McKibben has written a dozen books on subjects ranging from climate change to mass media to human population. He holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and is currently a scholar in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. He is the founder of, a global warming awareness campaign.


Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 65 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying 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 Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and close collaboration.


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