1,125 students will walk at graduation

On Saturday May 9, 2015,  Keene State College will be say farewell to 1,125 students.

The commencement celebration will take place on the Fisk quad at one o’clock.

During the ceremony the college will give out an honorary doctor of Humane Letters to Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. Anna is the granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Roosevelt will also be the speaker at this year’s commencement ceremony.

Along with Roosevelt, another woman, Barbara Skuly, has been selected to receive this year’s Granite State Award for her tremendous impact that she has had on New Hampshire watersheds through her volunteer service.

Skuly is currently the chair of the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee. Keene State College has selected her to receive the 2015 Granite State Award in recognition for her contributions to the Rivers Management and Protection Program of New Hampshire.

In a statement released to the Keene State College website on March 16, 2015, KSC  President Anne

Photo Illustration by Jake Coughlin and Graphic by Art Director George Amaru

Photo Illustration by Jake Coughlin and Graphic by Art Director George Amaru

Hout said, “I am very pleased to recognize both of these distinctive women during one of the most inspirational events on our campus–our commencement ceremony.”

She continued with, “The work and dedication of Anna and Barbara illustrate the very meaning of civic engagement, one of the key values at the College. Through the examples provided by both women, this year’s graduating class can learn how one person can contribute profoundly to the lives of others and to our environment, helping to make a difference for generations to come. It is truly our honor to mark this special day in May with both women.”

Among the graduating seniors, Brenna McCabe said that graduation is all “ bittersweet.”

“I’m just excited to be with all my friends,” McCabe said.

She continued, “I’m going to miss all the big events like Pumpkin Fest and spring weekend….living with my friends and being on my own. It will be weird to not be within walking distance of my friends anymore and have to make plans to see them,” McCabe said.

For families and friends who wish to attend the ceremony no tickets are required for admission. Seating is based on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Administration suggests that guests should arrive early and be seated on the quad no later than 10:30 a.m.

Here’s to you class of 2015!

Kendall Pope can be contacted at kpope@kscequinox.com

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