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Commencement 2013

May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Bill McKibben, Author, Educator, Environmentalist, to Deliver Commencement Address, Receive Dean's Medal

Vikram Prakesh

Time Magazine recently called Bill McKibben 'the planet's best green journalist' and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was 'probably the country's most important environmentalist.

The School of Architecture and Planning Commencement will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre.  


This year's commencement festivities will feature an exciting series of events showcasing the School of Architecture and Planning's efforts in advancing sustainability.


Special seating is available in the balcony area for guests who will be attending the ceremony that are not directly connected to our graduates. No tickets are required to attend. As this event is a celebration for our students, we do invite you to stay for the full program.  However, we do recognize that this occasion represents a special opportunity for you to hear Bill speak about important issues in today’s fragile world. Therefore, we have included a musical interlude after his speech to allow guests to quietly exit the auditorium.


Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him 'the planet's best green journalist' and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was 'probably the country's most important environmentalist.' Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

"Imagine we live on a planet. Not our cozy, taken-for-granted earth, but a planet, a real one, with darkpoles and belching volcanoes and a heaving, corrosive sea, raked by winds, strafed by storms, scorched by heat. An inhospitable place. It’s a different place. A different planet. It needs a new name."

              - From billmckibben.com