330 Students to Receive Graduate and Post Graduate Degrees at PSU May 15

May 12th, 2010 by Adam

More than 330 students will receive graduate degrees at the Plymouth State University College of Graduate Studies 60th Commencement May 15 at 10 a.m. at the John C. Foley Gymnasium on Holderness Road.
The College of Graduate Studies presents MAT, MS, MEd, MBA, CAGS and EdD degrees in more than 75 programs and certifications on campus and at more than 15 locations throughout the state.

Stephen Reno
Former University System of New Hampshire Chancellor Stephen J. Reno will deliver the Graduate Commencement Address

Former University System of New Hampshire Chancellor Stephen J. Reno will present the Commencement Address and restaurateur and entrepreneur Alex Ray of the Common Man family of restaurants will receive a Granite State Award.

Chancellor Emeritus Stephen J. Reno served as USNH Chancellor from 2000-2009. Over a 40-year career in higher education he has served as president of Southern Oregon University, and held teaching and senior administrative posts at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Leicester (United Kingdom). He earned both the doctorate and master’s degrees in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. John’s College, California. Reno is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester (UK) and an ad hoc Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, and serves on numerous boards of directors.

Alex Ray
Alex Ray, restaurateur and entrepreneur, will receive a Granite State Award

Alex Ray, owner of the Common Man family of restaurants is known as much for his tireless philanthropic work in communities across the state as he is for his family-style restaurants across New Hampshire. Just a few years after graduating from the Culinary Institute of New Hampshire, Ray opened the first Common Man in Ashland, New Hampshire in November 1971. Since then he has built a thriving hospitality business throughout New Hampshire including 17 restaurants, two inns, a spa, a Company Store and a movie house. The company employs more than 800 people.

Ray is a long time benefactor of and participant in the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative, a community theatre partnership between Plymouth State University, Plymouth Elementary School and Friends of the Arts. Ray has also supported the TIGER educational theatre project at PSU. Ray was named Cornerstone Humanitarian of the Year by the National Restaurant Association in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. and continues the spirit of the award here in New Hampshire by helping nonprofit organizations that make a difference to the state. The Common Man family of restaurants received a national humanitarian award in 2009 by joining with local business partners in donating more than $45,000 to five Granite State charities.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu