The largest Graduate Commencement in Plymouth State University history will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at John C. Foley Gymnasium in the Physical Education Center in Holderness.
In a procession led by bagpiper Derek G. Davidson, faculty, honored guests and 263 graduate candidates will take their places for the ceremony.
Representing their classmates for the program will be Cheryl B. Baker, CAGS candidate, pledge to the flag; Daniel F. Tilton, MBA candidate, welcoming remarks; and Lynne M. Ellis, M.Ed. candidate.
Distinguished Graduate Teaching Awards will be presented to Instructor of Economics Colleen Brickley (MBA program) and Associate Professor of Education Marianne MacCarthy True (M.Ed. and CAGS programs).
Twenty-eight students will receive Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership; 38 will receive Master of Business Administration degrees, 199 will receive Master of Education degrees, and one will receive a Master of Arts in Teaching.
Dr. Mark V. Joyce, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, will offer the Commencement Address.
Dr. Joyce is nationally known as a strong advocate for public education. He has been a critic of the shortcomings of the federal No Child Left Behind act, and a passionate proponent of rigorous and valid measures of student and school achievement. He is a frequent public speaker and consultant to businesses and organizations with regard to issues of education, leadership and communication.