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Count Down to Commencement on May 5

Nora Guthrie Will Receive Keene State Honorary Degree
Nora Guthrie Will Receive Keene State Honorary Degree

Keene State is counting down to this year’s Commencement ceremony, which will be held on May 5, at 1 p.m. on Fiske Quad. In addition to celebrating graduates, the College will bestow an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, and the Granite State Award.

Nora Guthrie to Receive Keene State Honorary Degree

Keene State College will recognize Nora Guthrie with an honorary doctor of humane letters for her contributions to preserving the legacy of legendary folk artist, Woody Guthrie.

Nora’s dedication to continuing Woody’s legacy and fostering an appreciation for folk music is commendable. Woody’s songs have been sung by school children for decades, and have influenced the modern music of many famous artists.

As president of Woody Guthrie Publications, and through the sharing of treasured materials that documented her father’s life and work, Nora offers a fresh interpretation of Woody’s work for the public many years after his death. For more than 20 years, Nora has led a great number of successful ventures in honor of Woody’s legacy. Ms. Guthrie will be the featured speaker for this year’s Keene State College commencement ceremony.

W.S. Badger Company to Receive the Granite State Award

Gilsum-based W.S. Badger Company will receive this year’s Granite State Award. A family-run business that is also family-friendly, Badger makes certified organic and natural body care products.

The company is a leader in its commitment to employee wellbeing, transparency, and environmental and social responsibility.

The Granite State Award is in recognition of Badger’s many contributions to New Hampshire, setting an example of what a truly successful business embodies.

For more information about this year’s Commencement program, visit

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