(Extensions of Remarks - April 17, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E481]
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                            HON. PETER WELCH

                               of vermont

                    in the house of representatives

                       Wednesday, April 17, 2013

  Mr. WELCH. Mr. Speaker, today, Vermonters across the state are 
donning the green and gold in honor of our own Lyndon State College. 
The Vermont State Legislature proclaimed Green and Gold Day in 
celebration of all this college means to our state: to the thousands of 
students who have gone there to learn and earn a degree, to the 
regional economy that depends on its graduates and its ideas, to the 
Lyndonville community that is enriched by its college neighbor. Lyndon 
State College, and its sister schools in the Vermont State College 
system, provide a lifeblood to our state and deserve this day of 
recognition and celebration.
  Lyndon State is found on a hilltop in the small town of Lyndon in the 
heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. For over one hundred years, 
this college has symbolized the aspirations of Vermonters who believe 
that higher education is a means to better their lives. In fact, Lyndon 
State College is a leader in serving first generation students in this 
most rural area of our state.
  This college delivers for Vermont: 90% of Lyndon State College 
graduates are employed or continuing their education at graduate school 
within six months of graduation. Its business incubator program is 
responsible for job creation and new businesses in the region.
  The Northeast Kingdom is deeply rooted in tradition and community, 
and in the coming years economic development will bring significant 
changes to the entire area. We will depend on Lyndon State to be a key 
player in these changes. But we will also depend on Lyndon State to 
continue to help Vermont uphold all that is key to the Kingdom: the 
value of community, the environment, and lifelong learning.
  Congratulations to Lyndon State College on the upcoming inaugural of 
its 15th president, Dr. Joseph Bertolino, and on the completion of 
another successful academic year. We join you in celebrating the Green 
and the Gold, and look forward to many years of your continued success.