2018 Commencement Speakers
The Honorable Christopher T. Sununu, Governor of the State of New Hampshire, delivered 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) was 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 were awarded between the two exercises, which took place in the Bank of New Hampshire Field House.
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 addressed students who 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.