Congratulations to the 2014 Honors College Scholars!
On Saturday, May 17, 105 members of the Honors College graduating class of 2014 gathered in Ira Allen Chapel to receive their medallions and be formally recognized as Honors College Scholars.
President Tom Sullivan was on hand to congratulate the graduates, and he urged them to build off of the mentoring experiences they had at UVM to give back to society and mentor the next generation to make a positive difference in the world. Outgoing Dean Abu Rizvi gave the farewell address, where he encouraged students to follow the intellectual passions they developed at UVM to a fulfilling life of learning. Mike Wood '14 gave a speech on behalf of the students, and he encouraged his fellow classmates to use their education to make the world a better place.
The Honors College Class of 2014 represented all seven colleges at UVM and includes students who received institutional and national recognition for their accomplishments during the their college career. Within the class, Honors College students had received several national awards including Fulbright, Boren, and Goldwater Scholarships. Allesandro Carrisimo '14 was also a recipient of the Class of '67 award, which goes to a UVM senior who best exhibits leadership, academic competency, and character. Still many other Honors College students graduated with academic honors including Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.
The Class of 2014 is the seventh class to graduate from the Honor College, and the graduates have diverse post-college plans. Some plan to dive into the professional world, and have landed positions at companies around the country including JP Morgan Chase, General Electric, Fletcher Allen Healthcare, or Kimbell Compost. Others plan for further study, including one student who will pursue a predoctoral fellowship with the National Institutes of Health, one who will attend veterinary school at Tufts University, one who will attend medical school at UVM, one who will get a master's in public health at Boston University, and one student who is off to law school at Northeastern University. Three students plan to spend the year researching or teaching abroad through a Fulbright grant (in Mexico, Brazil, and Thailand). Others plan to drive cross-country, hike Vermont's Long Trail, or take some time off to pursue other adventures before embarking on their next postgraduate step.
Read more: Dean Rizvi's Commencement Address (pdf)
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