Green Mountain College’s 178th commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library Lawn. The 2015 commencement speaker is Mindy S. Lubber, one of the world’s most influential leaders in harnessing capitalism for positive environmental outcomes. She will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the College. Lubber is the president of Ceres, the leading U.S. coalition of investors and environmental leaders working to improve corporate environmental, social and governance practices. Ceres has succeeded in persuading more than 1000 companies to sign its “Climate Declaration” urging Congress to adopt new laws to combat global warming. She also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), an alliance of more than 100 institutional investors representing over $10 trillion in assets. In 2010, she was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change.”
The student speaker will be Peyton Jones, an environmental studies major concentrating in policy from Asheville, North Carolina. After graduation, Peyton will be continuing her work with the Intentional Endowment Network (IEN) while living in Ecuador. IEN supports colleges, universities, and other mission-driven tax-exempt organizations in aligning their endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals without sacrificing financial returns.
The ceremony is open to the public. For those who cannot attend, commencement will be broadcasted live at this link: https://youtu.be/YBK9Y6rxnY8
For more information about commencement activities, please visit greenmtn.edu/commencement