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Honorary Degrees

At ceremonies throughout the academic year, including convocation and commencement, Green Mountain College awards honorary degrees to notable people who reflect the ideals of the GMC mission and serve as positive role models for students. Recipients include nationally recognized scientists, authors, elected officials and artists.

2013
Dianne Dillon-Ridgley
Honorary Doctor of Laws
International leader in Environmental Sustainability

2012
Cornelius “Con” Hogan
Honorary Doctor of Laws
Commissioner, Vermont Agency of Human Services (retired)

Majora Carter
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Founder, The Majora Carter Group

James Gustave Speth
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Founder, World Resources Institute

2011
Governor Peter Shumlin
Honorary Doctor of Laws
Governor of the State of Vermont

Thomas Grey Wicker
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Reporter for New York Times and author

Robert H. Young
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Former President and CEO of Central Vermont Public Service Corp.

2010
Alan Bean
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Astronaut and artist

Carol M. Browner
Honorary Doctor of Laws
Director of the White House Office on Energy and Climate Change Policy

Mel Chin
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Artist and activist

Lois Marie Gibbs
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Author and activist

2009
Kenneth Sherman
Honorary Doctor of Science
Director of the NOAA Office of Marine Ecosystems Studies

Peter Welch
Honorary Doctor of Laws
Vermont Congressman

2008
John F. Brennan
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
President Emeritus of GMC

Gov. James Douglas
Honorary Doctor of Laws
Governor of Vermont

Deborah Granquist
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Attorney

2007
William H. Bloom
Honorary Doctor of Science
Author and retired neurosurgeon

Martin T. Meehan
Honorary Doctor of Laws
Massachusetts Congressman, president of U-Mass Lowell

2006
Sam A. Waterston
Honorary Doctor of Letters
Actor, Oscar nominee for The Killing Fields

2005
Andrea Mead Lawrence
Honorary Doctor of Laws
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, environmentalist

Tom L. Magliozzi
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Peabody Award-winning co-host of NPR's Car Talk

2004
Brian E. Dubie
Honorary Doctor of Laws
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont

Carl Stoddard
GMC Security Director
Posthumous Bachelor of Arts

2003
Susan Morrison
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Bishop, Troy Conference of the United Methodist Church

2002
Warren Kimble
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Artist and educator

James Martin
Honorary Doctor of Science
Writer, lecturer, Pulitzer Prize nominee

2001
David W. Orr
Honorary Doctor of Science
Author, environmentalist, professor at Oberlin College

2000
William Feick
Partner at William D. Witter Co., GMC trustee

Edward Hoaglund
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Writer, environmentalist, professor at Bennington College

John Todd
Honorary Doctor of Science
President of Ocean Arks International, professor at the University of Vermont



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