SNHU Celebrates its 80th Commencement

Saturday, May 12, 2012
SNHU Communications Office

Saturday, May 12, 2012
SNHU Communications Office

Contact: Steve Boucher
Director of Marketing & Communications
Southern New Hampshire University

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Manchester, N.H. (May 12, 2012) – Southern New Hampshire University celebrated its 80th commencement Saturday, May 12, at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

The Slate Group Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Jacob Weisberg was the speaker; he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws. Former SNHU School of Education Dean Mary Heath and LPL Financial Principal and Vietnam War veteran Tom Tessier both received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Approximately 1,450 graduates and 5,000 people attended. In 2011-2012, 1,873 undergraduate students and 1,551 graduate students earned their degrees.

SNHU President Paul LeBlanc celebrated the rich diversity of the graduate class from ''traditional age students who came to us straight from high school'' to ''working moms and dads who combined careers, kids and study at the kitchen table late at night'' to ''students who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.''

Weisberg discussed the sweeping changes that have occurred in the world of digital media and his role as one of the nation's pre-eminent web pioneers. He urged students to embrace new forms of technology but to recognize their responsibility in ensuring the proper usage of emerging communications tools.

''What you can do is think of yourself as more than a consumer in relation to technology,'' he said. ''Think of yourself as a citizen with rights. Demand that technology companies live up to their moral claims. Require that they respect your privacy, and the rights of others around the world.''

''My generation was the first to glimpse the digital world,'' he continued. ''But it belongs to yours and it’s up to you to make it work for all of us.''

The university also presented its annual Excellence in Teaching Awards. The recipients were full-time Assistant Professor of Mathematics Megan Paddack, adjunct instructor Lori DeConinck (The Learning Center Director) and College of Continuing Education Professor William Barter (Psychology).

About Southern New Hampshire University

The university has approximately 2,562 traditional, full-time undergraduate day students and a total annual enrollment in all divisions of 14,000. Programs are offered on campus, online and on location at our centers in New Hampshire and Maine. The university offers programs in business, community economic development, culinary arts, teacher education, hospitality management and liberal arts.

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