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Goddard College Awards

  • The Goddard College Presidential Award for Activism recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions in the field of social justice and who embody the mission and values of Goddard College.
  • The Goddard Award for Excellence is given to individuals who exemplify the values of the Goddard College Mission Statement: To advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration, and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.
  • An Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in areas related to the humanities and have a strong connection to Goddard College.

Award Winners

Goddard Award for Excellence - 2013

Archie Shepp

Saxophone player, composer, pianist, singer, politically committed poet, playwright, Archie Shepp is a legend.  Archie Shepp’s connection with Goddard began in 1955 when he enrolled as a pre-law major on a full scholarship. Soon after, Archie began...

Goddard Award for Excellence - 2013

Ann Stokes

Ann Stokes graduated from Goddard in 1954. After graduation she stayed connected to Goddard College and served multiple terms on the Goddard College Board of Trustees. She served from 1969-1984, and then returned for another term from 1991-1994. ...

Goddard Award for Excellence - 2013

Peter Pratt

Dr. Peter Pratt served on the Goddard Board of Trustees not once, but three times -- he served from 1972-1977, from 1984-1989, and from 1993-1994. Dr. Pratt is linked to the College through several generations and family ties -- he is the son of...

Honorary Doctorate - 2013

Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann is an award-winning author and internationally recognized progressive radio talk show host of The Thom Hartmann Program. The Thom Hartmann Program is live daily from 3-6 PM ET on radio and TV stations from coast to coast, syndicated by...

The Presidential Award for Social Activism - 2013

Dr. Tommie Smith

On October 6, 2013, Goddard College bestowed the third annual Presidential Award for Activism to Olympic gold medalist, educator and activist Dr. Tommie Smith. View the slideshow of photos below or scroll down to read Dr. Smith's bio. Watch news...

Goddard Award for Excellence - 2013

Art Chickering

Art Chickering’s contributions to higher education are almost too numerous to include here. He was the Coordinator of Evaluation for the Ford Foundation Experiment in College Curriculum Organization at Goddard College and a faculty member at Goddard...

Goddard Award for Excellence - 2013

Clo Pitkin

Clo Pitkin graduated from Goddard in 1953. After her graduation Clo was hired by Tim Pitkin to help survey the Upper Winooski Valley as part of a Title I grant. She and Ellen Pitkin organized and helped run the Current Educational Issues Conferences...

The Presidential Award for Social Activism - 2012

Peter Schumann

Peter Schumann is the founder and director of the Bread & Puppet Theater. Born in Silesia, now Poland, he was a sculptor and dancer in Germany before moving to the United States in 1961. In 1963, he founded Bread & Puppet in New York City,...

Honorary Doctorate - 2012

Evalyn Bates

Evalyn Cora Bates was one of the first two graduates of Goddard College’s four-year undergraduate program in 1943. Her 1957 graduate thesis from the University of Chicago -- "Development of the Goddard College Adult Education Program" -- was the...

The Presidential Award for Social Activism - 2011

Stephan Ross

Stephan Ross (RUP ’59), born Szmulek Rozental in Lodz, Poland in 1931, is a survivor of the World War II Holocaust, having endured ten concentration camps in five years. He arrived in the United States in 1948 through the U.S. Government Committee...

Goddard Award for Excellence

Forest K. Davis

Forest K. Davis (1918-2008) graduated from Harvard College before joining the Army Air Force in 1943. Following the war, he finished his studies at Harvard Divinity School. Forest began working at Goddard College in 1950 as Director of Admissions...

Goddard Award for Excellence

Richard Sontag

Richard Sontag (1934-2009) was a long time trustee and friend of Goddard College. Richard graduated from North Carolina State and served for eight years as an elected official in Stamford, Connecticut. He was the founder, chairman and CEO of Liberty...