2013 Commencement Speaker Bob Ryan

Friday, May 03, 2013
SNHU Communications Office

Sports journalist Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe and ESPN will serve as its commencement speaker on Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Often referred to as the "quintessential American sportswriter" and a "basketball guru," Ryan, who will be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, is a name well known in the sports world. A man whose passion for the game of basketball won him a seat at The Boston Globe in 1969 where he went on to become the Celtics beat writer, and later the general sports columnist in 1989, he has covered multiple championships in all four primary pro sports, 11 Olympic games and 29 Final Fours. In August of 2012, after 44 years of working for the same daily newspaper, Bob retired his post as a full-time columnist for the Globe.

"Sports is not a diversion from life – it is inextricably interwoven into American society as an industry, as entertainment, as a kind of tribalism, as a metaphor for much else that we do, and as an arena for sheer excellence," said SNHU President Paul LeBlanc. “Bob Ryan has done some of the best writing about sports of the last 40 years and is in many ways a sports icon himself."

In addition, Dennis Littky, one of the most inspiring educators in the country. will be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Dr. Littky is co-founder and co-director of The Big Picture Company, The Met School and College Unbound. He is nationally known for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. Dr. Littky holds a double Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Michigan. His work as a principal at Thayer Junior/Senior High School in Winchester, NH was featured in the NBC Movie, "A Town Torn Apart,” based on the book, Doc, The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School.

"Dr. Littky is a tremendous force for innovation and positive change in education,” LeBlanc said. “His work not only challenges the way that we view how we’re teaching students but encourages us to keep fighting for new and better ways to reach all learners."

The video from the  commencement event can be viewed here.

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