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Unforgettable Memories from the 2016 #granitegrad Ceremony

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As always, our 2016 Commencement ceremony was one to remember.

Here are a few of our top moments from a wonderful day!

Governor Hassan and President Rubinstein

1.  Hosting Governor Hassan

Governor Hassan is one of the New Hampshire's leading advocates for affordable, high-quality public higher education. That support was evident in her remarks. She recognized that our population of working adult students is uniquely prepared to serve as leaders. She encouraged the Class of 2016 to continue to support their New Hampshire communities.

 Brian graduates in 2016

2.  Celebrating YOUR Success

When you finish your degree, there's often a career goal on the horizon that you're hoping to achieve. At the Commencement ceremony, our faculty and staff were delighted to hear about the graduates latest career updates.

Brian Bussiere, an aspiring educator, landed his first job teaching math and is looking forward to starting his new job in the fall.

With multiple locations across New Hampshire and online courses, it's not often we can get together and celebrate in person--.

Staff  volunteer at the 2016 graduation ceremony in the rain

3.  The Show Must Go On

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

This may be the United States Postal Service creed, but we felt like it applied to our special day, too!

The Class of 2016 and their loved ones broke out their umbrellas to brave the rain to support each and every #granitegrad. The staff put on ponchos to help the graduates register for the day and quickly get to their seats under the pavilion.

The weather never stops our Postal Service, and it sure didn't stop our graduation.

 Creative graduation cap

4.  #GraniteGrad Style

Dozens of creative members of the Class of 2016 showed their personality by customizing their graduation caps.

We thought this graduation cap really captured the spirit of our ceremony:

The dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.
- "Over the Rainbow," Judy Garland

 Sisters graduate together

Mother graduates, supported by her daughter

5.  Family Matters

It's inspiring to hear how family members inspire each other to finish their degrees!

Sisters Patricia and Janet graduated together at the ceremony. Patricia earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Janet finished a B.S. in Criminal Justice.

Michelle Couture Harrington and her daughter are no strangers to pomp and circumstance: Michelle completed her associate degree, while her daughter graduated from our sister institution, Plymouth State University, just a few weeks ago.

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6.  Finding your SUPER POWER

Our student speaker, Katherine Graham, shared an empowering story of how she found her inner super powers, and encouraged the Class of 2016 to do the same.

I have the ability to connect with people and empathize with them so I can understand where they are and help them achieve their goals. It is my superpower. I use it daily, sometimes without even realizing it. With this superpower, I have learned to leave my ego at the door. Connecting to someone and having them trust you when they are vulnerable is a great honor and there is no better feeling in the world to me. I want more of that. That is what I move towards in my future. So I ask you, what is your superpower? How will you take your knowledge, experience, and God-given ability to change the world into a better place?


Of course, this is just a few highlights from an unforgettable day. Check out our image gallery to see more of our favorite #granitegrad memories from our 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

 

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