University of Vermont

216th Commencement Ceremonies - May 20 and 21, 2017

Honorary Degree Recipients

Six outstanding individuals will receive honorary degrees at the University Commencement Main Ceremony on Sunday, May 21st. Recognized for their vital and important contributions to the state, the university, the nation, and the world, over the course of their distinguished careers are: James Fallows, Diane Greene, Martha Pattee Heath, David R. Nalin, M.D., Alexander Nemerov, and Patrick Wong.

  • James Fallows

    Commencement Speaker: James Fallows Preeminent journalist and author James Fallows brings his keen perspective and highly respected voice to a wide range of topics across the spectrum of American and international politics and culture. A national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than 35 years, Mr. Fallows writes authoritatively on national security policy, U.S. foreign policy and international relations, global and domestic economics, the development and application of technology, and emerging trends in American civic life. READ MORE

  • Diane Greene

    Diane Greene, University of Vermont Class of 1976, is Senior Vice President of Cloud Computing at Google and a member of the board of directors of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. An early Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technologist, she has long been a leader in the burgeoning technology field, developing streaming-media platforms and computer virtualization. The New York Times describes Ms. Greene as “one of the most prominent women in the technology business.” READ MORE

  • Martha Heath

    Martha Pattee Heath, University of Vermont Class of 1969, is a longtime education advocate and public servant. A member of the Vermont State House of Representatives from 1992 to 2014 representing the town of Westford, Ms. Heath was inspired to run for office to address Vermont’s school funding system. She served for six years on the House Committee on Education, followed by sixteen years on the influential House Appropriations Committee. She chaired that committee from 2005 to 2014; under her leadership, state lawmakers passed balanced budgets during one of the most severe economic downturns in Vermont’s history. READ MORE

  • David Nalin M.D.

    David R. Nalin, M.D., David R. Nalin, MD, pioneered oral rehydration therapy, a life-saving remedy for treating patients with cholera and other severe diarrhea illnesses. It is estimated that oral rehydration therapy has saved over 70 million lives worldwide since its inception. In 1978, the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet described oral rehydration therapy as “potentially the most important medical advance of this century.” READ MORE

  • Alexander Nemerov

    Alexander Nemerov, Alexander Nemerov, University of Vermont Class of 1985, explores broad topics of American cultural history, literature, and material culture as they apply to American visual art. A celebrated author, public speaker, curator, and professor of art history, Alexander Nemerov opens pathways of personal understanding and meaning-making for his students and readers. His inspired, exacting inquiries underscore the relevance of the humanities in our civic and personal lives today. READ MORE

  • Patrick Y-K Wong

    Patrick Wong, Patrick Wong received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Vermont in 1975. Mentored by lipid biochemist and former UVM associate professor of biochemistry Roy Wuthier, Ph.D., it was in working with Professor Wuthier while a doctoral student at UVM’s College of Medicine that he discovered a class of lipids now known as prostaglandins in bone and cartilage. READ MORE

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