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Evalyn Bates

Honorary Doctorate
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On September 30, 2012 Goddard College President Barbara Vacarr presented Bates’ niece and surviving colleagues with a posthumous honorary doctorate degree to recognize Evalyn’s significant contributions to higher education. The degree was bestowed during a commencement ceremony for undergraduates who had completed a distance learning program very similar to the one Evalyn designed in 1963.

In her remarks to the graduating class, Goddard president Barbara Vacarr credited Bates with defining “a new learning model, one that changed the landscape of American education. She is the reason we are standing here today,” Vacarr said, “and her story defines the Goddard story in its fulness.”