Plymouth State College is gearing up for its annual rites of passage: graduate and undergraduate commencement, as well as the spring awards/recognition convocation.
The pomp and circumstance begins with graduate commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. The ceremony will be held at Foley Gymnasium at the PE Center on Holderness Road.
In addition to the 280 advanced degrees being conferred—147 master of education, 49 master of business administration and 24 Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies—two professors will be presented with Distinguished Graduate Teaching awards. The recipient of this year’s Granite State Award will also be honored, with University System of New Hampshire Chancellor Stephen Reno on hand to present the award.
On Friday, May 16, more than 100 awards, certificates of achievement and scholarships will be presented at Spring Convocation. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. and be held in Foley Gym.
Undergraduate commencement is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17. The 575 graduates are expected to march on to Currier Field behind the PE Center (weather permitting),led again this year by bagpiper Gordon Webster, former piper to the Queen. Commencement speaker, Paul Rogat Loeb, will to deliver a message of citizen responsibility and empowerment to the graduates, based on his book, Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time.
Following the commencement address two awards will be given: the 2003 Distinguished Teacher Award and an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree. President Wharton will then preside over the conferral of degrees upon the PSC graduates. The ceremony is expected to conclude at noon.