The former piper to Queen Elizabeth II will lead the processional at Plymouth State College’s undergraduate commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Twelve members from the class of 1952 will also march with the graduates, marking their 50th reunion.
Two bagpipers and a snare drum, under the direction of Pipe Major Gordon Webster from the New Hampshire School of Scottish Arts in Manchester, and retired piper to the queen, will set the stage as 580 graduates march onto Currier Field. While members of the class of 1952 will reflect on how PSC prepared them for post-college life, the commencement address by lecturer and author Will Keim, Ph.D. will advise graduates on how to make their own transition into life after college.
“It is my hope to challenge them, make them think and offer them a chance to laugh and reflect,” says Keim. His remarks will be based on his book “Life After College: Lessons for Students in Transition.” Keim will have come full circle with the class of 2002, as he was also their guest speaker at orientation four years ago.
Distinguished Teacher, Honorary Degrees and Granite State Award Presentations
Following Keim’s address, Patricia Cantor, associate professor of education, department chair and coordinator of the early childhood studies and teacher education programs, will receive the PSC Distinguished Teaching Award from President Wharton. Nominated by her colleagues and students, Cantor was chosen to receive the annual award because she is a role model to her students and inspires them through the “caring, enthusiastic and respectful manner” in which she teaches.
Wharton will also be presenting two honorary doctor of science degrees. Jane Lubchenco, professor of zoology at Oregon State University will be honored for her work, and her life, on the importance of recognizing that all life is inter-related, that what happens in one part of the biosphere-whether the ocean, the classroom or the playroom-affects everything else. Photographer and cartographer Bradford Washburn will also be honored for his many contributions as result of his belief in the words of Goethe: “If there is something that you think that you can do, or even dream that you can, begin it! Boldness has mystery and power and magic in it!”
Granite State Awards will be presented to Senator Edward “Ned” Gordon and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests for professional achievement and outstanding contributions to New Hampshire.
President Wharton will preside over the conferral of degrees to the 590 graduates. The ceremony will end with the faculty recessional, led by Pipe Major Webster.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Foley Gymnasium. Seating will be limited to two guests per graduate, but the ceremony will be simulcast to Silver Hall and the Hartman Union Building.