PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Six new graduates will earn the Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College Undergraduate Program at Commencement Exercises at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 21, in the Haybarn Theatre.

During the ceremony, Goddard President Robert Kenny will posthumously present Priscilla Ruth Davis Backman with the Presidential Award for Activism.

Graduates earning Bachelor of Arts degrees complete self-designed studies culminating in the production of a senior thesis or project, as well as a public presentation on their work. Graduate presentations are scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, August 20, and the morning of Sunday, August 21. The public is welcome.

Schedule of Graduate Presentations

Saturday, August 20

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Jeffrey Parry, Individualized Bachelor of Arts
Apollo, Dionysus, and the Dualistic Thesis: A Composer’s Search for Meaning in Binaries (Haybarn Theatre)

Jill Savage, Individualized Bachelor of Arts
Fan Art: The Art of Experience (Clockhouse)

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Ray Saxon, Individualized Bachelor of Arts
Yr Heniaith Heddiw: The Reality and Relevance of the Literary-Colloquial Continuum in Modern Welsh (Manor Oak Room)

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Rose Heggeman, Bachelor of Arts in Health Arts & Sciences
Yoga and Meditation as a Healing Modality: Integrating Yoga as a Daily Practice to Heal Past Trauma (Haybarn Theatre)

Nikhil Goyal, Individualized Bachelor of Arts
Progressive Education, Corporate School Reform, and the Future of Schooling in the United States (video presentation via Skype; Community Center Media Room)

Sunday, August 21

1:00  – 1:45 p.m.

Elizabeth Carr, Individualized Bachelor of Arts
Cultural Exchange or Cultural Voyeurism? (Cottage)

Goddard Commencement

Goddard holds 10 graduation ceremonies each semester for students completing their studies in it’s low-residency programs in Vermont and Washington. The College will award 116 degrees this fall. All Goddard students complete a thesis and deliver a presentation or reading of their work. At commencement, students are recognized individually by faculty advisors who supervised their final semester’s work.

About Goddard College

Goddard College is a liberal arts institution offering low-residency bachelor’s and master’s degrees from its campus in Plainfield, Vermont, and its educational sites in Port Townsend and Seattle, Washington. At Goddard, students decide their areas of study, determine which resources they will use, and devise how they will measure and demonstrate what they learn. The College was founded in 1863 and moved to its Plainfield campus in 1938. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.