Plymouth, N.H.- A world-renowned advocate for peace will be the featured speaker at Plymouth State University’s 142nd commencement ceremony Saturday, May 18. Richard H. Solomon is the former President of the United States Institute of Peace(USIP), a nonpartisan federal agency working to promote international conflict resolution through non-violent methods.
The commencement ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at Currier Memorial Field off
Route 175-A in Holderness, adjacent to the Foley Gymnasium. In the event of rain, the main ceremony will be held in the Foley Gymnasium and be broadcast via closed circuit TV alternative ceremonies at the PSU Ice Arena and the Court Room in the Hartman Union Building.
Solomon is considered one of the major figures in international relations over the past several decades; he retired last year after 19 years at USIP where he oversaw its growth into a center of international conflict management. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Solomon has an extraordinary reputation for negotiation and diplomacy involving some of the world’s most complex geopolitical problems.
“Richard Solomon has dedicated his talent and energy to making others’ lives better, to negotiating peace and advocating for justice. The settlements he has helped negotiate and the thought and analysis he has brought to decision-making have positively affected millions of lives. His accomplishments and his service are extraordinary.”
Solomon has been credited with the successful negotiations of the Cambodia peace treaty and the first United Nations “Permanent Five” peacemaking agreement. Additionally, he played a role in the U.S./ North and South Korea negotiations on nuclear arms. He has been recognized for his service with the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, and awards for policy initiatives from Korea and Thailand. In 2005, he received the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey career award for “notable public service by a political scientist.”
Solomon holds a doctorate in political science, with a specialization in Chinese politics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to the Philippines. Solomon said he is honored to have the opportunity to deliver the commencement speech at PSU.
“We live today amidst a confusing range of international conflicts and prospects for human betterment,” Solomon said. “Emerging generations have the opportunity to lead us toward cooperative resolution of disputes and innovations in science and technology that will advance the quality of life worldwide. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my experiences and perspectives with the Plymouth State community.”
Solomon will address more than 1,200 graduates at the unified Commencement ceremony, which includes awarding both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., or call (603) 535-2775.