Unity College was scheduled to hold a commencement exercise Friday night for 31 students, according to a news release from the college.

“Commencement is a word that signals new beginnings,” Unity College President Melik Peter Khoury said in the release. “These newest Unity College alumni are well-prepared environmental leaders eager to help solve the most pressing environmental problems of the present and future.”

Built on a sustainability science curriculum recognized by the National Science Foundation, Unity set an all-time enrollment record this fall, with more than 700 full-time students on campus, nearly 10 percent more than enrolled last fall, according to the press release.

In addition to being known internationally for being the first U.S. college to divest itself of fossil fuels, Unity was the first college with a residence hall built to Passive House standards, known as Ter-ra-Haus; and the first with a president’s home, known as Unity House, to be certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Unity College holds commencement exercises every fall and spring. The next spring commencement is scheduled for May 13, 2017.


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