On May 19, 1996, Kermit the Frog gave the commencement address at Southampton College's graduation ceremony after being awarded an honorary doctorate in Amphibious Letters for his contributions to environmental awareness and education.
Kermit delivered his address to 245 graduates, most of whom wore bright green "Kermit '96" stickers on their graduation caps, although some students gained minor media attention when they objected to awarding a degree to a fictional puppet character. Kermit (performed by Steve Whitmire) delivered a memorable commencement address live, while the small college received a considerable amount of positive press coverage on the event.
Robert Sillerman's Speech Transcript
Robert F.X. Sillerman (Chancellor of Southampton Graduate Campus):
Kermit's Commencement Transcript
Dr. Kermit the Frog:
Citation for Doctor of Amphibious Letters
Upon receiving his honorary doctorate, Kermit was presented the following citation, which was read at the graduation ceremony.
|Doctor of Amphibious Letters