Graduates Honored at PSU’s College of Graduate Studies Commencement May 9

May 9th, 2009 by Adam

Plymouth State University’s College of Graduate Studies honored its graduates and famed New Hampshire storyteller Fritz Wetherbee at its 2009 Commencement ceremony, May 9 at the Foley Gymnasium in Holderness, N.H. Saturday. A record 398 CoGS students were eligible to graduate.

Fritz Wetherbee
Granite State award winner Fritz Wetherbee addresses crowd at PSU College of Graduate Studies Commencement ceremony May 9

Wetherbee, an Emmy-award winning journalist and storyteller, delivered the Commencement address and received a Granite State Award.

With some humorous insights, Wetherbee detailed the history of higher learning in Plymouth, but also asked the graduates to embrace diversity and kindness in their lives.

“Be kind; everybody carries an unbearable burden, and second; be tolerant,” said Wetherbee. “My favorite philosopher, Leonard Cohen, summed it up; ‘there is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen addressed the graduates and guests, quoting poet Robert Frost, a former teacher at Plymouth.

“May you continue to dare, and may you know that we, all of us here, are working together, whether we are together or apart,” Steen said.

Karen Redd of Campton received the Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship. Redd is pursuing a Master of Education in K-12 Education with a concentration in special education through PSU’s College of Graduate Studies. The scholarship was created in memory of Maslakowski, who passed away late last year after a brief illness. At the time of her death, she was the Associate Vice President of the College of Graduate Studies.

Gail Mears, chair of the Counselor Education and School Psychology programs at Plymouth State University, received the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. Mears has over 30 years experience in the mental health field, and is known for her dedication to counseling education and community service in the Plymouth region.

The graduates were ushered in and out of Foley Gymnasium by administration and faculty, accompanied by bagpipes. A cohort of 14 graduates from the Shanghai American School in China also received advanced degrees from the College of Graduate Studies.

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