Congratulations to PSU’s Graduate Class of 2011

Plymouth State University awarded 383 graduates with master’s degrees and Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies at the 61st Graduate Commencement Ceremony, held Saturday, May 14.

The University conferred 51 post-master’s Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS), 12 Master of Arts in Teaching, 59 Master of Business Administration, 234 Master of Education, and 27 Master of Science degrees to the Class of 2011.

Highlights of the ceremony included:

2011 Graduate Commencement - Nancy Puglisi ’81G, 2011 Graduate Commencement Speaker

Nancy Puglisi ’81G, 2011 Graduate Commencement speaker

  • Dr. Nancy Puglisi, a wellness expert and director of organizational wellness for the University System of New Hampshire, delivered the Commencement address. Puglisi started working in the mailroom of Plymouth State in 1978, but she always strove to find a better career and was willing to work hard to achieve her goals. “You always know where you start,” said Puglisi. “You never know where you will end up…that’s up to you.”
2011 Graduate Commencement - Leo Sandy, 2011 Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award

Leo Sandy, Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award recipient

  • Dr. Leo Sandy was named the 2011 Distinguished Graduate Teacher. Sandy is a longtime counseling educator who has earned a reputation as a strong advocate for social justice and peace.
2011 Graduate Commencement - Dick Hamilton, 2011 Granite State Award Recipient

Dick Hamilton, Granite State Award recipient

  • Renowned New Hampshire tourism advocate Dick Hamilton, who has more than 50 years of experience in the tourism industry, including 35 years as CEO of the White Mountains Attractions Association, received The Granite State Award. The award recognizes leaders who have made outstanding contributions to New Hampshire.

Read the complete PSU news release for more information.

View video and photos from the 61st Commencement ceremony at the Graduate Commencement website.

After the ceremony, all graduates and guests were invited to a graduate reception across the street at PSU’s Ice Arena and Welcome Center to enjoy a family-style cookout and ice-skating.

The College of Business Administration also honored many of the MBA graduates at their annual Awards Luncheon after Commencement, where business leader Wally Stevens was the guest of honor. Stevens, a Plymouth State alum and chairman of the President’s Council, received PSU’s Award for Excellence in Business Leadership and Citizenship and was also inducted as an honorary member of the Delta Mu Delta honor society. In addition to Stevens, 14 graduates became the newest members of Delta Mu Delta, 31 graduates received MBA certificates, and PSU’s Small Business Institute presented national and regional awards to students who provided valuable consulting services to small business owners throughout New Hampshire under the leadership of advisor Craig Zamzow. MBA students Emily Quigley and Tapi Nhundu were presented scholarships from the Timothy Sabol Memorial Fund in memory of the late Tim Sabol, who earned his MBA at Plymouth State while suffering a debilitating illness. Read the complete PSU news release for more information.


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