Plymouth State University Graduates 820 in Class of 2010

May 22nd, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth State University awarded more than 800 undergraduate degrees May 22 during their 139th Commencement ceremony. Accompanied by a bagpiper, the graduating seniors and faculty marched the traditional route from campus over Route 175-A and gathered on Currier Memorial Field to celebrate the class of 2010. The crowd of 4,000 people was welcomed by PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, who, as the first college graduate in her family, urged the class of 2010 to think about their dreams as they relate to others.

Sara Jayne Steen
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen

“Many of you are carrying other people’s dreams, as well as your own,” said Steen. “You have worked very hard to be here today; please know that you also have been given a great gift. I ask you to use it well.”

Senior class President Kristen H. Miller congratulated her classmates on their accomplishments in gaining a degree, but urged them to set their sights higher.

“Innovation is happening here, in this little college town that is full of big minds,” said Miller. “People in this class are going to change the world…and I’m absolutely inspired by it.”

Lew Feldstein
Granite State Award winner Lewis Feldstein

The Granite State Award was presented by President Steen and USNH Chancellor Edward MacKay to Lewis Feldstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, which provides millions of dollars to social service groups serving thousands of New Hampshire residents.

“Your vision, clarity of thought, personal commitment and tireless energy give power to your voice,” MacKay said. “You are a person of constructive influence in this world.”

Feldstein then delivered the commencement address, advising the graduates that the key to success and happiness is working well with others and becoming part of something larger than themselves.

“It’s all about relationships,” Feldstein said. “You need connections to accomplish great things, regardless of your occupation, your network, your connections with friends and family is the key to success and happiness. Hold on to those ties.”

Class of 2010 celebrate
Class of 2010 celebrate

Other highlights of the 2010 Commencement ceremony include:

Warren Tomkiewicz, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, received the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Janis Bass, Faculty member in Health and Human Performance, received the Distinguished Teaching Award – Adjunct Faculty.

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