Commencement Schedule of Events

May 2 -­ 4, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

5:30 pm Senior Dinner at Cedar Cottage – Sterling College faculty and staff  celebrate the graduating seniors with a special dinner

Friday, May 3, 2019

2:00 pm  Commencement Rehearsal

4:00 pm – Family Reception at Cedar Cottage

5:30 pm – Family Dinner in Dunbar Dining Hall* (Limit of 4 guests per graduate)

6:30 pm – Ice Cream Social & Music at Dunbar Dining Hall Lawn

Saturday, May 4, 2019

10:00 am – Brunch in Dunbar Dining Hall

1:00 pm – Commencement Ceremony in Houston House Gardens

2:00 pm  – Welcome Graduate Reception in the Shelton-Flynn Gardens

*RSVP required by April 19, 2019. Please email Micki Martin with the number of guests at

*Please see our accommodations page for local lodging recommendations.

Commencement speaker: Vandana Shiva


Photo of Vandana Shiva standing in golden light in a wheat field

Bio: An icon worldwide for the ecological revolution and a leader of the alter-globalization movement, Vandana Shiva has made teaching by example the basis of her work. Walking the back roads of India alone in the late 1980s in search of traditional seeds threatened by industrial agriculture, she returned leading a procession

of 500,000 demonstrators – farmers and activists – and with a network of 120 seed banks in place. Her initiatives have borne fruit on five continents and her legal proceedings against multinational corporations have earned her numerous awards, including the Right Livelihood Award – known as the “alternative Nobel prize”. Wrapped in her timeless sari of artisanal cotton, she calls upon each of us to become that “little nobody” who can reverse current trends.


Sterling College Diploma Frames Available

We join you in celebrating your graduate’s achievements and studies, and we look forward to supporting their lives of environmental stewardship.

Diploma frame

It is a tradition at Sterling to put together “gift bags” for all of our graduating seniors, filled with mementos and reminders of their time at the College. We give the graduates these Sterling College tote bags after the commencement ceremony, when they have their diplomas in hand and are celebrating with their families and friends.

We would like to offer you an opportunity to add an item to your graduate’s gift bag: a diploma frame engraved with the Sterling College logo.  For a donation of $50 to the Sterling Fund, we will put a diploma frame and a personalized note in your graduate’s gift bag. This eco-friendly frame is ready to display the baccalaureate degree your graduate worked so hard to earn.

To make your donation and arrange for the diploma frame to be added to your student’s gift bag, please contact Micki Martin at 802-586-7711 x101, or email
Congratulations once more on your student’s upcoming graduation.

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