Celebrating Commencement and Community

Dr. Gail Mears

On Saturday, May 9, we celebrated the 59th Graduate Commencement, awarding a record-setting 390 graduate degrees. Commencement speaker and Granite State Award recipient Fritz Wetherbee, the “Voice of the Granite State,” regaled us with a brief and highly entertaining history of PSU. Also honored at commencement were:

  • Dr. Gail Mears, chair, counselor education and school psychology department and recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award
  • The late Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, former associate vice president for the College of Graduate Studies and recipient of the Harold E. Hyde Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership
  • Karen Redd, MEd student in the special education program and recipient of the first Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship.

As the graduate programs continue to expand, so does our student population. This year, we broadcasted the commencement ceremony to graduates, families, and friends around the world through a live Web stream. Over 300 people tuned in to watch the event. Pictures from the day can be downloaded from our Web site and DVDs are available for purchase.

On June 1, Dr. Virginia Barry was sworn in as New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education by Governor John Lynch. Dr. Barry has been a mainstay of PSU graduate education, particularly in the educational leadership area. It is a pleasure to wish her well as she embarks on this new endeavor.

As summer advances we look forward with excitement to the kick-off of PSU’s first doctoral program, the EdD in Learning, Leadership, and Community. The 12-student cohort brings a wide variety of backgrounds to the program, including K-12 teaching and administration, higher education, and government service.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable summer!

Dr. George F. Tuthill

Interim Associate Vice President


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