June 2, 1997

Middlebury College Outdoor Commencement Ceremony Beats Rainy Weather Again in 1997

Middlebury College's 1997 commencement address was delivered to 444 graduates and thousands of friends, parents and relatives this May by Robert Brustein-founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theatres, artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre, playwright, actor, critic, and author-at outdoor ceremonies on the Vermont liberal arts campus. Under cloudy but rain-free skies, Mr. Brustein advised students to think twice about allowing "instruments of precision" to weaken their capacity for independent thought, and asked students to keep a place in their hearts for the imagination. After students received their diplomas, Mr. Brustein also received a degree from the liberal arts college, an honorary Doctor of Arts.

Middlebury College conferred honorary degrees upon six other distinguished leaders. Dr. Thelma C. Adair and Mr. Curt C. Silberman each received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; Ms. Wendy Reid Crisp, Ms. Jane N. Garrett, Mr. Robert J. Keeshan, and Mr. William H. von Dreele each received an honorary Doctor of Letters; and Mrs. Barbara W. Snelling received an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Middlebury College President John M. McCardell, Jr. presided over the outdoor ceremonies and conferred the degree of Bachelor of Arts on the graduates.