Vermont Tech celebrates 155th Commencement
Randolph Center, VT (05/24/2021) — Vermont Technical College hosted its first of two commencement ceremonies this weekend. The event was a virtual celebration broadcast as a Premier event on the college's YouTube channel, where it is still available for viewing. Vermont Tech conferred certificates and degrees for 437 students from 36 programs. The Practical Nursing (PN) students, whose semester ends in June, will celebrate with a virtual commencement ceremony on June 19, 2021.
Schylar Corsones-Brown addressed students, faculty, staff, and families as the official student commencement speaker for Saturday's ceremony. She spoke about her own discomfort of public speaking all while giving her speech flawlessly and without referring to notes. "If you had asked me a year ago if I saw myself giving this speech right now, I wouldn't said there was a better chance of a pandemic shutting down the world," said Corsones-Brown. She credits the advice of an instructor, Professional Engineer, Scott Sabol, with her decision to "get comfortable with being uncomfortable," to be able to experience college fully. She is a Summa Cum Lauda graduate of the Architectural Engineering Technology bachelor's program and received the 4.0 GPA medallion and Tau Alpha Pi honor.
President Patricia Moulton praised the Class of 2021 as historic. "You have not only met the rigor of a Vermont Tech degree program, you studied remotely, followed health and safety guidance to access lab and clinical work, and connected with peers and faculty virtually to get through," said Vermont Tech's president. "If there was a way to give each of you an extra degree in resilience, we would!" continued Moulton.
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the college's first Bachelor of Science degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology, so was fitting that the student speaker is that program's graduate. Overall there were 212 honors awarded and 82% of the graduating class are Vermont residents. The graduates are from 17 states and countries with international students in the graduating class from Bhutan, Ireland, and Thailand.
Recording of the 2021 Commencement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQV8BibI7bU&t=1s
Website for the 2021 Commencement: www.vtc.edu/VTCgrad2021
About Vermont Tech - Vermont Technical College is a leading public college with a mission of applied education and student-centeredness. One of the four institutions of the Vermont State Colleges System, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at seven nursing sites located throughout the state. Vermont Tech features state-of-the-art laboratory experience and a highly personalized classroom and student-life experience. All of our programs utilize a technological educational component, from the simulators used by our nursing program around the state, to manufacturing laboratories in Randolph Center and Williston. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region. www.vtc.edu.