December 1, 1997

Daniel Patrick Moynihan to Speak at Middlebury College's Commencement '98: Middlebury to Award Honorary Degrees to Moynihan and Eight Others

U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York will speak at Middlebury College's Commencement '98 next May, and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Moynihan's tie to Middlebury dates back to World War II, when he was a member of the U.S. Navy's V-12 unit stationed at the College. By the end of the war, over 1,200 Navy men from 20 different states had studied at Middlebury as part of the preliminary portion of their officer training program.

The College also will present honorary degrees to seven other distinguished individuals, including Jamaica Kincaid, a resident of Bennington, Vt., who will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. An author and former staff writer for "The New Yorker," Kincaid won the Morton Daween Zabel Award of the American Academy and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her latest book is "The Autobiography of My Mother."

Another Vermont resident, Crea Lintilhac of the Lintilhac Foundation in Shelburne, Vt., will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. The foundation, which funds environmental and social projects in Vermont, has supported the work of several Middlebury professors, including Patricia Manley of the geology department and her studies of Lake Champlain, and Steve Trombulak of the biology department and his monitoring of amphibian populations on Mount Mansfield.

The College will award Millard Dean Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

James Ibbotson, a musician, composer, member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and parent of a 1998 graduate, will receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree.

Anne Lincoln Bryant, executive director of the National School Boards Association and former executive director of the American Association of University Women, will receive an honorary Doctor of Education degree.

The College will award Alice F. Emerson, senior fellow at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Dr. Emerson's vision of technology-enhanced language learning has led her to support Middlebury as the leader of a nationwide collaborative of 62 liberal arts colleges that seek to improve language instruction through the use of technology.

Roch Thibodeau, a resident of Burlington, Vt., who died earlier this year, was a leader of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Vermont. The College will award him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree posthumously.

Middlebury College Dean of Admissions Emeritus Fred F. Neuberger, who worked at the College from 1955 to 1991, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.