At this year’s 135th Undergraduate Commencement exercises, 725 candidates will receive undergraduate degrees from Plymouth State University. The ceremony, held at Currier Field behind the PSU physical education center in Holderness, will take place Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Formal events begin with Spring Convocation at 4 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Foley Gymnasium at the P.E. Center, where both graduating seniors and underclassmen receive honors, awards and scholarships.
No tickets are required for outdoor graduation. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the Foley Gymnasium in the PE Center, and tickets will be required for admission. Remote viewing locations are available for those without tickets, at the Hartman Union Building on High Street, and in the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street.
Kelly Perdew, best known as the winner of the second season of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” will deliver the commencement address. Perdew is an entrepreneur, author, television host, celebrity spokesperson and business leader who will offer graduates advice from his new book, Take Command: 10 Leadership Principles I Learned in the Military and Put to Work for Donald Trump. Perdew is the managing director of Angel-Led Venture Partners, a venture capital fund, and is working on several real estate projects, including a Florida self-storage facility and a 600-acre fishing and hunting preserve in Montana. Perdew is also host of the Military Channel’s series “GI Factory,” which explores military technology and history.
Dr. Wendy Palmquist, a professor of psychology, will be awarded the 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award for her dedication to teaching, scholarship and meaningful, student-centered education during her 25 years of service to the University. Palmquist was praised by Dr. Virginia Barry, PSU provost, for her “broad, extensive knowledge of higher education…qualities of fairness, tolerance and compassion” and devotion to promoting critical thinking as the “cornerstone of a Plymouth State University education.”
Plymouth State University will present honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to former PSU business and law professor Jane Babin and Dr. Andrei Marga, rector at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. Babin, who retired from PSU in 2005 after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is an outstanding advocate for patients, families and health care professionals coping with the effects of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Marga is known for his commitment to multicultural, multilingual higher education in Romania and throughout Europe.
This year also marks the retirement of President Donald P. Wharton, who presides over the graduate commencement ceremony. President Wharton has served the PSU campus for 13 years.
Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.