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Keene State Celebrates Class of 2021 with Commencement Ceremony

Story By:
Kelly Ricaurte | Communications Director

Keene State College celebrated the Class of 2021 with Commencement on May 29 on Fiske Quad. This year’s class of 715 undergraduate students and 35 graduate students represents 17 states and two countries. Graduating nursing students were recognized during a pinning ceremony, and Honors Convocation was held to commend graduates in the Honors Program.

A recording of the ceremony is available for viewing.

During the Commencement ceremony, Class of 2021 President, Adriana Daniel, reflected on her memories of Orientation as a new student, and what it was like to begin the adventure as a student at Keene State. She spoke about a lifetime of memories that she will take with her from Keene State, and that college is a fleeting experience for all.

Next to speak during the event was Brian Burford. Brian is the 2021 Granite State Award recipient and a Keene State alumnus. He accepted his honor, and was followed by Ms. Lucille Jordan, president of Nashua Community College and recipient of Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Keene State. Ms. Jordan shared ways that the Class of 2021 brought courage and humility to the community. She acknowledged the Class of 2021 for successfully navigating their college experience during the pandemic, and recognized the graduates’ ability to take risks, stay focused and find the courage to persevere. She also reflected on community at Keene State, saying, “You inspired those around you to build a caring community.” Ms. Jordan closed her remarks by emphasizing the importance of service, and encouraging graduates to seize their opportunity for greatness.

Dr. Vincent Ferlini, professor of mathematics at Keene State and Distinguished Teacher of the Year, spoke next. He shared how he teaches his students to put forth their best effort, while offering support to help them grow. Dr. Ferlini ended his remarks with advice to the graduates as they meet challenges in their lives.

Closing the speakers for this year’s Commencement ceremony was the Leo F. Redfern Outstanding Citizenship Award student honoree. The award was presented to Benajil Rai for her involvement at the College and in the city.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

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