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Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

204th Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 18, 2008
9:00 am Multipurpose Facility
at the Athletic Complex

Photo Gallery

204th Commencement Ceremony Program

Alvarez Encourages '08 Grads to "Find Their True Pattern"
University Communications (5/18/08)
Amanda Kenyon Waite

Celebrated novelist, poet and writer-in-residence at Middlebury College Julia Alvarez began her address to the Class of 2008 at UVM commencement activities on May 18 with a prayer. The prayer — borrowed from Mayan weavers — is one she recites every day of her writing life: "Grant me the intelligence and patience to find the true pattern."

In a speech punctuated by the poetry of Robert Frost, Czeslaw Milosz and Seamus Heaney, delivered to a capacity crowd in the Athletic Complex Multipurpose Facility, Alvarez shared stories from her early childhood in the Dominican Republic and from her relationship with her immigrant father, each revealing how she had struggled to find the true pattern of her own life. [more]

Photography Informatation

Information regarding official photographs for each of the school and college commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18. [more]

Main Ceremony

Ian D. Boyce, Chair of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees

The Honorable James H. Douglas, Governor of the State of Vermont

Elizabeth S. Bearese, President of the Senior Class Council

Kesha Ram, President and DaVaughn Vincent-Bryan, Vice President of the Student Government Association

President's Remarks

Daniel Mark Fogel, President of the University of Vermont

Alumni Greetings

Janet E. Terp, Class of 1980, G 1994, President of the University of Vermont Alumni Association

George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient

Lynne A. Bond, Professor of Psychology

Closing Reflection

John Remo Gennari, Associate Professor of English and Director of ALANA and US Ethnic Studies

Commencement 2009 will be held on Sunday, May 17th.

For more information contact Leslie Logan, Chief of Protocol and Administrator of University Events, at (802) 656-4205 or by email to:

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