University of Vermont

217th Commencement Ceremonies - May 19 and 20, 2018

Honorary Degree Recipient

Ian D. Boyce
Doctor of Humane Letters

Ian Da Costa BoyceIan D. Boyce, UVM Class of 1989, has served the University of Vermont with dedication and passion as a student and an alumnus. A well-rounded student athlete, he served as an orientation leader, on presidential committees, and in the Boulder Society, among his many leadership activities as an undergraduate at UVM. Celebrated as one of the best two-way forwards in UVM Catamount history, he led the hockey team to compete in its first NCAA Hockey Division I tournament in 1988. He served as captain on the only UVM team to reach the ECAC Division I Championship in 1989. His senior year, he received the Keith Miser Leadership Award and Semans Trophy for leadership, loyalty, and service to the University. Following graduation, he played professional hockey for over a decade and was inducted into the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. He served as a member of the UVM Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2012, acted in the capacity of Board Chair for two years, and generously served on multiple committees to advance the University. His effective, patient, and respectful leadership was nurtured at UVM and has been further demonstrated through his business success, his commitment to continued service to his alma mater, and his strong desire to give back to his local community. Presently, he is a Certified Financial Planner and Managing Partner with Dickmeyer Boyce Financial Management, Inc., in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Mr. Boyce is one of the most recognized student athletes in the history of the UVM Athletics program. He was a key member of Coach Mike Gilligan’s first recruiting class in 1985-86. In 1987, he was one of two athletes to win the prestigious Harry Jerome Award honoring black Canadians accomplished in the fields of athletics, academics, and art. Mr. Boyce received the James Cross Coaches Award at UVM and the Joseph Tomasello Unsung Hero Award from the New England Hockey Writers Association.

After completing his undergraduate degree in Zoology with a minor concentration in Economics, Mr. Boyce played professional hockey for over a decade. After spending a year playing in Sweden, he spent two seasons with the Buffalo Sabre’s AAA affiliate in Rochester, New York of the American Hockey League. He then spent six seasons as an unrestricted free agent in the International Hockey League, including six seasons with the Fort Wayne Komets. He was a co-captain on the Komets' Turner Cup championship team in 1992-93 and was an IHL All-Star in 1997-98. He was honored twice by the fans as Fort Wayne's unsung hero, served as captain for three seasons, and received the Komet's Gallmeier Mermorial Trophy for community service twice.

Mr. Boyce began his career in financial services in 1998 at J.P. Morgan Chase. In 2004, he and Dave Dickmeyer founded Dickmeyer Boyce Financial Management, Inc., which now serves 260 clients and has $175 million in assets under management. In 2009, he was honored by the Department of Biology with the Accomplished Undergraduate Alumni Award for Distinguished Career Accomplishments in Science and Science Education at UVM.

An active alumni leader, Mr. Boyce has been and continues to be a true steward of the University. He regularly hosts alumni events across the country, served as a volunteer for his reunion class, and was instrumental in planning the 50th anniversary celebration of UVM men’s hockey. As a member of the UVM Board of Trustees, he served as Chair of the Board and Vice Chair of the Diversity Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee and the Annual Review Subcommittee. He worked on multiple Board Committees, including the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee, the Committee on Board Governance, and the Investment Subcommittee; he also was Chair of the first Campus Life Task Force, leader of the UVM/Fletcher Allen Health Care Affiliation Agreement Work Group, and co-leader of the UVM Foundation Work Group. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the UVM Alumni Association in 2014, and he currently is serving as a member of the Executive Campaign Council for the upcoming UVM Campaign. Throughout his academic, athletic, and business careers, Mr. Boyce has been consistently recognized for his leadership, exceptional service to his community, and his long-term commitment to his alma mater.

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