Academic Ceremonies - December Commencement

Honorary Degree Recipients

At the University of Vermont’s 2012 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 15th, the University will confer honorary degrees on Carl H. Reidel and Theresa L. Tomasi.

Carl H. ReidelCarl H. Reidel, was a groundbreaking environmentalist and a revolutionary force at the University of Vermont.  He launched the nation’s first University-wide interdisciplinary Environmental Program, placing UVM at the forefront of the academic environmental movement. After earning his PhD at the University of Minnesota, he enjoyed a long and influential career as a professor and nationally recognized environmental policy advocate. Reidel served on the faculties of Minnesota, Williams, Harvard, Yale, and was the director of the Environmental Studies program for 28 years at UVM.  He served as Vice President of the National Wildlife Federation, as Director of the National Parks Association, and as the first Chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain.  Reidel also served in the House of Representatives in the Vermont State Legislature.  This honorary degree celebrates his extraordinary service to UVM, to the State of Vermont, and to his country.

Theresa L TomasiTheresa L. Tomasi, has dedicated her life to the welfare of children from across the country and around the world: she has adopted 27 children as a single mother. Her children have come from Ghana, Ecuador, India, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Canada and the U.S. She served the State of Vermont for 11 years as a case worker for “Aid to Needy Families and Old Age Assistance” and “Committed Children” in Burlington. As Director of Social Services in the DeGosbriand Hospital and as Director of Social Services at Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (now FAHC), she served both hospitals for a total of 29 years. She is proud to have established the first Child Protection Committee at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont; this committee combined all of the relevant agencies pertaining to child services for the first time. A University of Vermont alumna and winner of the David Goldberg Award for Commitment to Improving the Lives of Vermont Children and the Child Protection Network Lifetime Achievement Award, she is a local hero who has made a global impact.

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