Commencement for Keene State 2022 Graduates
We were pleased to hold Commencement for our graduates and their guests, with the Keene State community in attendance to celebrate!
Congratulations 2022 graduates, we are very proud of you! We look forward to learning about your next chapters.Commencement Program
Undergraduate Commencement Video
Alice Wairimu Nderitu
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Keene State College honors Alice Wairimu Nderitu with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
We bestow this degree in recognition of Ms. Nderitu’s distinguished career dedicated to peaceful conflict transformation and innovative approaches to mediation. Her work with the United Nations, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, and the Uwiano Platform for Peace are each remarkable, but taken together with her other achievements and service highlights the range and impact of her life-changing efforts and advocacy worldwide.
Ms. Nderitu, of Kenya, is the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. She served as Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Kenya, as well as Founding Member and co-Chair of the Uwiano Platform for Peace.
She holds a Master of Armed Conflict and Peace Studies and a Bachelor of Arts, Literature and Philosophy. She is also a graduate of the School for International Training.
Ms. Nderitu embodies the full spirit of this honor for several reasons:
- She is an individual of international importance who has risen to one of the most important offices in the United Nations system.
- Her work protects vulnerable minority groups around the world—beginning in her home country of Kenya and now, through the UN, extending internationally.
- Ms. Nderitu is recognized internationally for her work in empowering female leadership in conflict resolution. More locally, her introduction to the field of Holocaust and genocide studies came through a 2014 weeklong seminar in Poland taught by Dr. James Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Keene State. She credits that seminar as transformative in her professional trajectory.
- Ms. Nderitu delivered the keynote address at Keene State’s 2021 Summer Institute on Genocide Studies and Prevention.
It is with tremendous honor that we present Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu —in recognition of her efforts to mitigate atrocity crimes and violations of human rights, to tout the collective responsibility of prevention, and to advocate for justice, accountability, and reparation—with the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry
Granite State Award
Keene State College honors Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry, President, Endowment for Health in Concord, with the 2022 Granite State Award.
She is recognized for her difference-making work to improve the health and well-being of New Hampshire's citizens, especially underserved and vulnerable populations, not just in her current nonprofit leadership role, but over the course of a long and distinguished career marked by similar focus.
Dr. Goldsberry has been a voice, an advocate, a leader, a coalition-builder, and a compassionate executive committed to bold visions and life-changing outcomes. Her world is one of possibility and optimism.
Dr. Goldsberry holds a PhD in Public Policy from George Washington University, a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brown University.
A resident of Walpole, Dr. Goldsberry’s local roots are deep. Before joining the Endowment, she served as Vice President of Population Health and Clinical Integration for Cheshire Medical Center, a Dartmouth-Hitchcock affiliate in Keene. She is well known as the architect of the nationally recognized Healthy Monadnock initiative, where she engaged community coalitions and more than 2,000 community leaders, stakeholders, and residents to imagine new and collective heights for community health.
Her mission-driven pursuits are ambitious but achievable, as her record reflects. She puts equity and social good at the center of everything she does.
Keene State College is delighted to present Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry with this award, a recognition of a body of professional work aimed squarely at improving quality-of-life outcomes, supporting people and families most in need, assuring critical services and programs exist, and advocating for supportive and smart policy change.