Plymouth, N.H. – The 141st Plymouth State University commencement ceremony made history Saturday, May 19 as the institution held its first unified graduation in decades by joining its undergraduate and graduate ceremonies, granting 1,400 degrees on the same day. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen welcomed the guests, stating the event marks a new chapter in Plymouth State’s history.
[Photos of the day’s activities are archived here. A copy of the commencement video will be posted soon.]
Former Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) President Andrew Falender, who received an honorary Doctor of Science degree for his visionary leadership in conservation and education, was the commencement speaker.
Falender focused on the idea of living life with the recognition that “it’s all borrowed time.”
Class of 2012 President Nate Obin urged his classmates to look forward, and reminded them how time is precious.
“The last four years have gone by fast, kind of like my first trip down the Pemi,” said Obin. “Today is not the end of the last four years of our lives; it’s the start of a new journey.”
John and Cathy Bentwood received the Granite State Award, for their commitment to service reflecting Plymouth State University’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I may serve). The longtime residents of Plymouth have been instrumental in creating and maintaining a free annual cancer screening clinic, a regional free health clinic for the uninsured, and a shelter for people who are homeless. The Granite State Award honors those who have made exceptional contributions to the State of New Hampshire and its citizens.
The 2012 Commencement marked the first graduation for PSU’s Doctor of Education program in Learning, Leadership, and Community. Ten doctorates were awarded.
The commencement ceremony was held under sunny skies at Currier Memorial Field in Holderness and was attended by approximately 4,000 family members and guests.
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