Outspoken advocate for Native American environmental issues, co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network, and two-time vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, Winona LaDuke, gave Antioch University New England’s May 15 commencement address.
More than eight hundred participants, guests, and graduate school officials were present as AUNE President David A. Caruso presided over the ceremonies.
Of the one hundred eighty-nine graduate students completing degree requirements, one hundred fifty-six master’s and doctoral degree students attended the celebratory exercises.
This year’s commencement attendees came from fifteen different states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New York, Connecticut, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Additionally, ES doctoral student, Tharcisse Ukizintambara traveled to the commencement ceremonies from his home in Nairobi, Kenya.
Winona LaDuke was chosen to give the commencement address by a committee of AUNE staff, faculty, and students. She is a 1989 graduate of Antioch University McGregor and, with the Honor the Earth organization, a former 2009 client of AUNE’s Advocacy Clinic. The clinic’s research projects for Winona and Honor the Earth focused on documenting socially responsible investing opportunities and shareholder action strategies to promote climate justice. The clinic also researched existing case studies for greenhouse gas reduction strategies involving partnerships between indigenous communities and corporations and foundations.