PAUL SMITHS -- Paul Smith's College will celebrate its 60th commencement on Sunday.

John Merrow, president of Learning Matters Inc., will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, which will honor the 293 members of the Class of 2007. Commencement will be held at 11 a.m. on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake.

The college will also present honorary degrees to Merrow and Sheila Hutt, a member of the college's Board of Trustees and co-owner of a Blue Mountain Lake design firm.

Before starting Learning Matters, where he is also executive producer and host, Merrow spent many years as a radio and television broadcaster.

His career began as an education reporter for National Public Radio. He has also been education correspondent for the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" and created "The Merrow Report" for PBS in 1993, followed by a National Public Radio series of the same name in 1997.

He also authored "Choosing Excellence" and co-edited "Declining by Degrees."

Merrow has been honored with several awards for his work, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the George Polk Award and the Hugo Award, and has also received a pair of Emmy nominations.

Learning Matters, which Merrow co-founded in 1995, produces documentaries and segments on educational issues that air on "Frontline," "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and other outlets.

Hutt has been a member of the college's board since 1986. Hutt, who was born and raised in Tupper Lake, has made long-standing contributions to the quality of life in the Adirondacks.

She was the first program director of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and has participated in many Adirondack organizations.

Her company, which she owns with her husband, Jim, has designed buildings, exhibits and other projects for a wide range of clients, including the original Olympic and Winter Sports Museum in Lake Placid, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and other clients in the Adirondacks, New York City, New England and the Virgin Islands.

Paul Smith's College is the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondack Park.

The school, on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake, encompasses 14,200 acres of forests, streams, lakes and mountains that are available for students to explore and study.

The college offers both bachelor's and associate degree programs that focus on experiential learning in a variety of majors, including biology; fish and wildlife sciences; natural resources; environmental science; forestry; surveying; recreation, adventure travel and ecotourism; hospitality, resort and culinary management; liberal arts and business.

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