2013 Commencement Week at GMC

Green Mountain College’s 2013 commencement speaker is Ms. Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, a national and international leader in environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility and social justice. She will address GMC graduates at the College’s 176th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Dillon-Ridgley will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from GMC. Graduates of GMC’s sustainable MBA and masters of science in environmental studies programs will also receive degrees. (In case of inclement weather, Participants should be at the Waldron Athletic Center at 9:30 to commence robing).

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley is the chair and a trustee for CIEL (Center for International Environmental Law) and has served as the U.N. Headquarters representative for the Center for International Environmental Law since 2005, and for the World YWCA (Geneva, Switzerland) from 1997 to 2004. She is the founding chair-emeritus of Plains Justice, an environmental law center and organization that promotes a sustainable economy through community partnerships across the Great Plains states. She currently serves as the executive director of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future.

This year two seniors will share the student speaker role: Ernest Klepeis of New Paltz, N.Y., has played many roles in student governance at GMC and participated in numerous theatrical productions as an actor and as technical director. He also served as a student representative for the College’s recent strategic planning process. He is graduating with a degree through the GMC Progressive Program in visual/performing arts and philosophy.

Meiko Lunetta of Francestown, N.H., is a double major in sustainable agriculture and environmental studies with concentrations in environmental education and communications. She has spearheaded many different projects during her career, including those focused on waste diversion and community development. In October Meiko have a presentation at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) highlighting a project she did with Poultney High School. This semester she completed an internship with the Vermont Farmers Food Center on food access issues. She has been the sustainability office manager and created a new communications and events assistant position within the office. Overall, Meiko strives to participate in community development, integrating food access, nutrition and sustainability.

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