Lyndon Institute
An independent day and boarding school for grades 9 - 12 located in northeastern Vermont

Commencement 2017

Headmaster Daren Houck and the class of 2017 cordially invite you to Commencement Sunday, June 4, 2017. 
10:00 a.m. Baccalaureate
- Alumni Auditorium

11:00 a.m. Commencement
- Robert K. Lewis Field

Please note that a section of seating at Commencement will be reserved for individuals who attend Baccalaureate.  The Baccalaureate program must be presented at Commencement to gain access to the reserved seating area. 

Lyndon Institute Announces Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2017
Headmaster Daren Houck is pleased to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian for Lyndon Institute’s Class of 2017.  In the fall, valedictorian Yiren “Ramon” Qu  will be attending the University of Washington Information School, in Washington State.  This program is a highly competitive program which only admits approximately 10 students per year.   Salutatorian Jiaqi "Grace" Shen will be attending Emory University in Atlanta, GA for biology. She is also considering a minor in music or psychology.

The valedictorian for the graduating class at Lyndon Institute is awarded to the student who receives the highest weighted grade point average during their tenure at the school and the salutatorian to the student with the second highest.

Ramon came to Lyndon Institute in 2014 from Shanghai, China and has, since his arrival, continued to make a positive impression not only the members of the Lyndon Institute community but also on all those at Lyndon State College and beyond.

During his time at LI, Ramon has challenged himself by taking 3 college courses, 4 AP courses, and 2 honors level courses. Ramon is an independent learner who volunteers his time to the LI peer tutoring program.  He is involved in Student Council (Shanghai), School Tech Staff (Shanghai and LI), National Honor Society, Robotics, and Math Competition Team. He has received numerous prizes and awards from the National Olympiad (China), Robotics, Network Originality Competition (China), Science and Technology Innovation Fair (China), Vermont Math Talent Research, American Regions Mathematics League, USA Computing Olympiad and the Vermont Science Fair. Ramon was also named AP Scholar with Distinction in 2016.

Recently Ramon participated in the Vermont STEM Fair at Norwich University. He entered his invention “Li-Fi visible light communication system.” At this fair, Ramon took away the United States Air Force Certificate of Achievement for outstanding science and engineering, the VT Academy of Arts and Sciences Honor for an outstanding senior research project, recognition from Polhemus for an demonstrating an exceptional understanding of physics, mathematics or engineering, Yale Science & Engineering Association INC’s most outstanding exhibit in computer science, engineering, physics or chemistry, and he has been invited to attend the I-Sweep (international sustainable world energy engineering environmental project olympiad) in Houston, TX May 3-8th.

Ramon is the son of Yuming Qu and Peili Wang of Shanghai, China.

A member of the Lyndon Institute community since 2014, Grace has been an intelligent, positive, and energized presence on the LI campus. Academically, Grace has immersed herself in the most demanding college preparatory curriculum, challenging herself with 5 Honors Level and 4 AP level courses. She has also taken four college courses while attending Lyndon Institute. Teachers describe Grace as “mature, with a strong dedication to learning, with the skill to achieve her goals.” Over the past summer, Grace enrolled in the Shoals Maine Environmental Laboratory. This program typically doesn’t take high school students, but due to Grace’s exceptional abilities and prior course work, she was enrolled.

Outside of her academics, Grace is an active member of the Dorm Council, National Honor Society, Chorus, Odyssey of the Mind, Vermont All State Music Festival, Select Chorus, Gay Straight Alliance, SPEAK Club, School Musical, and the Shooting Club.  Grace has fully immersed herself in the Lyndon community and taken full advantage of all that is available at Lyndon Institute.

Grace is the daughter of Liqing Shen and Fengying Xu of Shanghai, China.

“Both Ramon and Grace are not only outstanding students, they are also outstanding community members,” stated LI headmaster Daren Houck. “In addition to their leadership in academics, both students have been heavily involved in student organizations and activities, creative endeavors, leadership roles, and service learning within the community. Lyndon Institute is proud to have had them as students during their high school careers, and I look forward to seeing their ongoing success and accomplishments for years to come.”

Commencement for the Lyndon Institute Class of 2017 is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th at 11 a.m. at Robert K. Lewis Field. Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Mr. Ted Brady, will serve as the 2017 Commencement speaker.
Lyndon Institute Welcomes Ted Brady as 2017 Commencement Speaker

The Lyndon Institute Class of 2017 and Headmaster Daren Houck are pleased to announce Mr. Ted Brady as Lyndon Institute's 2017 Commencement Speaker.  

Ted Brady was recently appointed deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) by Governor Phil Scott. The mission of the ACCD is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life by engaging in efforts that help to grow our economy, assist businesses in their efforts to create jobs, and that support Vermonters all across the state in their efforts to build and maintain vibrant and resilient communities.

In 2013, prior to his service with the ACCD, President Obama appointed Brady to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the rural development state director for Vermont and New Hampshire. The USDA allocates resources to help improve the quality of life in rural America. Their programs offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to support economic development and essential services and further promote economic and community programs.  In FY15, Rural Development invested more than $385 million in Vermont and New Hampshire – with an emphasis on combating poverty, investing in food systems, and bolstering the economy.  The agency manages a portfolio of more than $210 billion in assets nationwide.

Prior to his time with the USDA, Brady served as U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s senior economic development, community development, housing, and transportation field representative. In this capacity, Brady advised Senator Leahy on legislative and appropriations priorities and met with Vermonters to address community and economic development concerns. In this position, Brady led the production of numerous high-profile events, collaborated to invest millions of federal dollars into Vermont’s economy and transportation infrastructure, and cultivated relationships with Vermont businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations.

“Lyndon Institute is honored to have a commencement speaker with the experience and background of Ted Brady,” stated LI headmaster Daren Houck.  “Mr. Brady lives our Purpose, Promise and Principles through his life of service and integrity. I am honored to have him walk with our graduating seniors and look forward to the words he will share with them.”

Lyndon Institute will hold Commencement on Sunday, June 4th at 11 a.m. at the Robert K. Lewis Field.  The complete list of Commencement activities is available at
Main Drive Closure

The main drive in front of the Lyndon Institute Main Building will be CLOSED for commencement activities from 3 p.m. on Friday, June 2nd until 5 p.m. on Monday, June 5th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Driver's are asked to access the main building from the back parking lot.
Commencement Exercises will be broadcast live by the Northeast Sports Network on their site with no charges or fees. Coverage begins at 10:50 a.m. Follow this link to their site:

Kingdom Access will also record the ceremonies and will be available to view through their site,, at a later date. Please check their site for a schedule.


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P.O. Box 127
Lyndon Center, VT  05850
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