Southern New Hampshire University celebrated its 82nd commencement on Saturday, May 10, 2014, with two ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky served as the undergraduate commencement speaker and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan gave the graduate commencement address and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Professor Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger, SNHU’s first endowed chair in business ethics and a member of the team that developed the university’s three-year honors degree in business, received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
The undergraduate commencement address was delivered by Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate (1997-2000), essayist, teacher and translator. During his address, Pinsky spoke on the importance of passing on knowledge and culture to future generations.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan delivered the graduate commencement address. During her speech, Hassan, a legislator, advocate and mother, encouraged graduates to become leaders in their career fields and in their communities.
SNHU President Paul LeBlanc welcomed students, university staff, board members and speakers to the 2014 graduate commencement ceremony. During his speech, Dr. LeBlanc recognized graduates for their accomplishments and the family members and instructors who supported them along the way.
The undergraduate student address was delivered by Tabitha Jennings, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. In her address, Jennings, a military spouse and mother of four, described how she redefined her life and chased her dream of earning a degree.
The graduate student address was delivered by Thomas Langan, who earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. In his address, Langan described how he found the drive to succeed at SNHU.
SNHU Alumni Association President Jeff Penta welcomed the newest group of SNHU graduates to the SNHU Alumni Association. He reminded students that their relationship with the SNHU community doesn’t end at graduation.