April 18, 2017
Manchester, N.H. (April 18, 2017) - Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) will celebrate its 85th Commencement on the weekend of May 13-14, 2017. More than 16,000 family, friends and community members will join SNHU in celebrating more than 4,600 graduates in four ceremonies at the SNHU Arena.
SNHU will award 14,836 degrees nationwide this year, including 8,934 undergraduate degrees, 5,887 graduate degrees and 15 doctoral degrees.
Commencement speakers and ceremony details include:
SNHU will also, for the first time, honor a distinguished member of the community at each ceremony, through the newly established, 'Loeffler Prize.' The Loeffler Prize is awarded to individuals who have extended themselves to help others in ways often extraordinary, but frequently unnoticed or unreported by the media and society at large. This award recognizes those individuals who have unselfishly and generously contributed their time and talents for the enrichment of others, and the betterment of their community. They set an example for the spirit of generosity, everyday heroism, and perseverance. The Loeffler Prize carries a $2,000 gift to be made in the winner's name to a non-profit of his or her choice.
The Loeffler Prize is named for Frederic "Rick" A. Loeffler, a member of the SNHU community, who embodies the spirit of this award. A long-time member of the SNHU Board of Trustees and a local business person, Rick is a champion of his community and the prize commemorates his commitment to make Manchester and New Hampshire a better place for all.
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