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Keene State College Celebrates Class of 2018

Commencement 2017

Keene State College will award 926 undergraduate degrees to 908 graduates in the Class of 2018 during its Commencement ceremony this year. Thirty-two graduate degrees will also be conferred. The College’s Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m. on Fiske Quad.

Nora Guthrie, curator of folk artist Woody Guthrie’s extensive work, and this year’s honorary doctor of humane letters recipient, will address the graduates. W.S. Badger Company will receive the Granite State Award.

The graduates of 2018 hold promising futures as they prepare for post-graduate activities, which include pursuing a master’s degree in conflict transformation and social justice at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland; earning a master of architecture degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology; earning a law degree at New England Law School in Boston; serving in the City Year AmeriCorps program; working as an energy consultant with Freedom Energy Logistics in Auburn, New Hampshire; serving as a therapist working with autistic children with Nashoba Learning Group; serving in teaching positions; and working in nutrition at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, as well as Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. This is a small sample of the successes achieved by this year’s class.

“It is my true honor to celebrate our graduates this year. These students are becoming Keene State alumni fully prepared to pursue incredible opportunities – I know they will make us proud in the years ahead and they will remember Commencement vividly” said Keene State College Interim President Melinda Treadwell.

“It seems like just yesterday when I was among the students waiting to be called on stage. These graduating students have accomplished more than they could have imagined when they first arrived on campus. They have worked incredibly hard through academic challenges, and they have transformed into the leaders we see today. I look forward to seeing where this journey takes them and learning about their successes. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!.”

Read more about the post-graduate pursuits of Keene State’s Class of 2018.

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Keene State College recognizes Nora Guthrie with the 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 of folk music is commended. Woody Guthrie’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.

Granite State Award

Keene State College honors W.S. Badger Company with the 2018 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 that set an example of what a truly successful business embodies.

This year’s Commencement ceremony will be streamed online.

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