January 2017

Jane Sanders to give commencement speech at Goddard College

PLAINFIELD, Vt. – Goddard College announced today that Jane O’Meara Sanders, a Goddard alumna and entrepreneur in the public realm for most of her career, was selected by the spring 2017 graduating class of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program to be the speaker at the Feb. 5 Commencement Ceremony. Sanders, who is married to U.S. Sen. […]

September 2016

Fall 2016 Commencement Address by Arisa White

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” – Cornel West Faculty member Arisa White delivered this commencement address to the Fall 2016 graduates of the Undergraduate Studies and BFA in Creative Writing programs on September 18th, 2016. Thank you to the graduating class for inviting me to be your commencement speaker. […]

August 2016

Goddard congratulates the new graduates of its Undergraduate Program

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 […]

Alumna Priscilla Backman to receive Goddard Presidential Award

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Goddard College President Robert Kenny will posthumously present Priscilla Ruth Davis Backman with the Presidential Award for Activism during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, August 21, at 4:00 p.m. in the Haybarn Theatre on Goddard’s Plainfield campus. The Goddard Presidential Award for Activism recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions in the field of social […]

February 2016

An Extraordinary Graduation

The Undergraduate Program’s Graduation Ceremony was particularly special today, Feb. 28, 2016. It included a truly remarkable lineup of graduates. Plus, the graduates invited the incomparable Dr. Lisa Brooks (BA ’93) to be their commencement speaker. Lisa Brooks, whose Abenaki identity informed a large part of her own Goddard studies as well as her ongoing […]

October 2015

VIDEO: Dr. Jonathan Katz (BA ’71) Receives Honorary Doctorate and Gives Commencement Speech

On September 6, 2015, Dr. Jonathan Katz (BA ’71) accepted the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the Haybarn Theatre and gave a comedic speech and inspirational talk to the graduates of the MA in Psychology & Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Pamela Booker’s Electrifying Commencement Address, Fall 2015

When the graduating students of the fall Undergraduate Program (residency option 2) asked Faculty member Pamela Booker to be their commencement speaker, everyone knew it would be a special address. But we didn’t know it was going to be THIS profound. Feast your ears on this recording of her fabulous address, and thank you, Pamela. […]

August 2015

Goddard College to Award Honorary Doctorate to Comedian Jonathan Katz

PLAINFIELD, Vt. – Comedian and actor Jonathan Katz will receive an honorary doctorate at Goddard College’s Sept. 6 commencement ceremony, President Robert Kenny announced. Kenny will confer 16 graduate degrees to students earning the Master of Arts in Psychology and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kenny will present Katz with the […]

MFA Alumni Portrait and Commencement Speech – Jessica Plumb

Jessica Plumb is a 2010 graduate of Goddard’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) program in Port Townsend, Washington. She is a writer, co-director and producer of the film, Return of the River, which documents the plight of wild salmon and the fight to un-dam the Elwha river in the Olympic Peninsula. The film has received ten international and […]

May 2015

The Power of Acknowledgement

The following commencement address was delivered at the graduation ceremony for the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) program in Plainfield, Vermont, on July 27, 2014, by MFAIA student Christine Brubaker: I want to share something I’ve been thinking a lot about over the past year–the power of acknowledgement. I want to talk about the possibilities […]