The Davis United World College Scholars Program is changing lives—and the world. More than 200 people came together on May 5 to celebrate the program, the students who attend Middlebury because of it, the donors who make it possible, and its transformational impact.
Students at Middlebury represent 64 countries this year, forming a diverse and energetic global community on campus, President Ronald D. Liebowitz noted in his remarks during the May 5 celebration. “By sharing new perspectives, promoting discussion, and exposing others to a diversity of experience and background, the DAVIS UWC scholars have enhanced the learning experience for everyone,” Liebowitz remarked.
Cedar Attanasio '11 served as emcee for the evening. Seniors Rachel Ochako and Dristy Shrestha delivered heartfelt and moving remarks reflecting on their Middlebury education and their hopes and dreams for the future. Entertainment included skits by Carson Hauck ’14 and Andrea Cruz-Quiroz ’14 and an unscripted chorus of Happy Birthday sung to Sopheak Chheng ’11, who responded by performing a song in his native Cambodian. Both Frederick M. Fritz ’68, chair of the Middlebury Board of Trustees, and Phil Geier, executive director and cofounder of the program shared their perspectives.
Rachel Ochako ’11
"Knowing how proud my mother would be if she could see me walking up the hill on graduation day, and how excited my siblings would be to meet the friends I have made here, helps me understand just how far I have come."
Listen to Rachel's remarks.
Dristy Shrestha '11
"The opportunities and resources available at Middlebury have given me more courage to dream idealistic and big dreams and helped me make them come true."
Listen to Dristy's remarks.