Commencement Speakers Announced

The Honorable Christopher T. Sununu, Governor of the State of New Hampshire, will deliver the keynote address at Plymouth State University’s (PSU) 147th Commencement on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m., New Hampshire Senate President and Plymouth State alumnus Chuck Morse (R-Salem) will be the featured speaker at PSU’s Graduate commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m. More than 1,100 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees will be awarded between the two exercises, which will take place in the Bank of New Hampshire Field House.

“Welcoming Governor Sununu to commencement demonstrates the continuing commitment that Plymouth State has to New Hampshire and its students and families,” said Donald L. Birx, Ph.D., President, Plymouth State University. “We are gratified and honored that our students and their accomplishments will be recognized personally by the governor.”

Chris Sununu, the youngest governor in the nation, is currently serving his first term as Governor of New Hampshire. Among his accomplishments during his first year in office were delivering a balanced state budget with no new taxes or fees and establishing full day kindergarten. He also expanded educational opportunities for students, doubled funds to fight the opioid crisis, made investments in clean water project and signed job-creating business tax cuts into law.

Before being elected governor in 2016 he served three terms on the New Hampshire Executive Council, representing 32 cities and towns in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties.

“I’ve long known the important role that Plymouth State University plays in educating young people in New Hampshire,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “Since becoming governor I’ve had a close-up view of the vision the University has for the future, and the implementation of its revolutionary Integrated Clusters initiative. I’m honored to speak to the members of the Class of 2018 as they embark into the world as tomorrow changers.”


Senator Chuck Morse will address students who have earned graduate degrees and certificates from Plymouth State University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health, and Human Services.

“As a member of the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees, business owner, and PSU graduate, Senate President Morse provides an inspiring example of the benefits of a Plymouth State education,” said Birx.

The Bank of New Hampshire Field House is a major component of ALLWell, the University’s state-of-the-art academic and athletic complex.