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More Than 500 Graduate From CCV

Student speaker Caitlin McGinley addresses her classmates at the CCV June 1 graduation. Gov. Phil Scott sits on the right. Photo by Jade Premont.
The Community College of Vermont (CCV) held its graduation ceremony June 1 at Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House.

More than 500 students received associate degrees. The youngest graduates are 17 and the oldest are 69. Also among the graduates are 68 veteran and military-connected graduates. More than 60% of the Class of 2024 are the first in their family to earn a college degree.

The keynote address was delivered by Aly Richards, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids, Vermont’s campaign to ensure affordable access to high-quality care for all Vermont children. Graduate Caitlin McGinley was the student speaker for the Class of 2024, and she focused her message on congratulating her classmates for having the courage to be vulnerable. “Today, as we celebrate this momentous occasion, I urge each of you to recognize and celebrate the journey of growth, resilience, and acceptance of vulnerability that has brought us to this moment,” she said. McGinley, who is just 19, participated in the Free Degree Promise, which builds on the state’s Early College program to allow students to complete a free associate degree the year after high school graduation. The Free Degree Promise is generously supported by the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation.

Governor Scott also addressed the Class of 2024. He reflected on his friendship with the late Vermont Senator Dick Mazza, who was a role model for the Governor who set a powerful example of the Golden Rule. “We need many more people setting this better example … and the more of us who do, the more it will catch on,” especially during difficult times, he said. “Today, you’re all earning something that allows you to be that person: the one who sets the example. I have a lot of faith you’ll do just that.

CCV graduates from central Vermont:

From Barre: Ashley Nicole Fraser, Adam Charles Fuller, Shelly L. Gerard, Jennifer L. Isham, Jessica E. Kimball, Madison May MacDonald, Alexis A. Maxfield, Hannah Pandya, Ian J. Strachan, Arlena Marie Welch, Helix Zir.

Also graduating were: Kevin J. McEnerney, of Barre Town; Kyly Clark, of Calais; Michael Abel and Jeannine Elizabeth DeWald of East Montpelier; Alexandria Lyn Whitcomb and Mason James York of Graniteville; Katherine Emily Bailey and April Ann Pelchar Davis of Middlesex.

From Montpelier: Denise Blankenship, Andrea J. Bottiggi, Talyn A. Brown-Wolf, Madison, Pauline Byrd, Taylor Alexander Dorsey, Marisa Jean Mullins, Mackenzie Q. Naylor, Jessica S. Oparowski, Hannah Lea Titrud, Raine Lilli Towns, Sarah Zwegust.

From Northfield: Sue Gaunce Booth, Arsenio Lembert, Rachel MacMartin, Fern Leigh Moore, Orrin Logan Price, Allison M. Richards, Macie Whalen.

Also graduating were Michelle P. Ksepka of Plainfield; Abigail Elizabeth Violette of South Barre; Pasha Yucel Aksoy and Abigail L. Young of Waitsfield; Nancy Salazar of Waterbury; Donna Barr and Trevor Woods of West Berlin; and Melinda Sue Audet and Caitlin Rose McGinley of Worcester.