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Prepare for Spring Commencement Ceremonies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      

Contact: Debby Scire
President & CEO, NHCUC
603.223.2302 x314
Date: May 18, 2023

Concord, NH – College campuses across New Hampshire are busy preparing for another spring of graduation ceremonies and celebrations.  The New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC), a statewide consortium of public and private colleges and universities, estimates that thousands of proud parents, grandparents, friends, and relatives will gather in the Granite State during May and June to help acknowledge the academic accomplishments of graduates.        Graduations are also a time for the campuses to invite important speakers to offer words of advice, encouragement, and wisdom. This year’s list of commencement speakers includes leaders from higher education, business, science, media, and entertainment. Ceremony dates, times, locations, and commencement speakers are listed below as provided by the institution at the time of publication. Many of the commencement ceremonies will also be livestreamed on the institution’s website.

About New Hampshire College & University Council

The NHCUC was founded in 1966.  It is dedicated to the advancement of public and private higher education throughout New Hampshire. Through collaborative efforts between its member colleges and universities, the consortium enhances educational opportunities for thousands of students attending member institutions.

Commencement Dates, Times, Locations, and Speakers

Institution Name Date Location Time Commencement Speaker
Antioch University New England May 13, 2023 Keene Middle School 10:00am N/A
Colby-Sawyer College May 6, 2023 College Quad 10:30am Professor Randy Hanson, School of Business & Social Sciences & David H. Winton Endowed Teaching Chair and Caleigh Dirks, ’23, will receive the Commencement Speaker Medal and will give the student address.
Franklin Pierce University May 13, 2023 Franklin Pierce University Rindge Campus 10:15am JerriAnne Boggis, writer, educator, and community activist
Great Bay Community College May 13, 2023 Pease Tradeport at GBCC’s Portsmouth Campus 10:00am and 2:00pm Noelle Lambert, US Paralympic National Team member, Survivor season 43 contestant, founder of The Born to Run Foundation and New Hampshire native.
Keene State College May 6, 2023 Fiske Quad 1:00pm U.S. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster, D-NH, and Dr. Don Caruso, president and CEO of Cheshire Medical Center
Lakes Region Community College May 13, 2023 Bank of NH Pavillion 11:00am Edwin Smith, CCSNH Board of Trustees
Manchester Community College May 23, 2023 Northeast Delta Dental Stadium 2:00pm Oscany DeJesus, an MCC grad who received her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from UNH and now teaches math at Spark Academy of Advanced Technology


Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences—Manchester



May 11, 2023



DCU Center



9:30am and 1:30pm

Morning Ceremony: Sarah Das, ’23, receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from MCPHS Boston. The alumni commencement speaker will be Michael Ku, ’96, who received his Doctor of Pharmacy from MCPHS Boston.

Afternoon Ceremony: Ellie Solitro, ’23, receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy from MCHPS Worcester. The alumni commencement speaker will be Jideobi Ezeonu, ’20, who received their Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from MCPHS Manchester.

Nashua Community College May 19, 2023 Nashua Community College 10:00am Student Speaker: Britany Boutin, Nursing, Class of 2023

Alumni Speaker: Danielle Smith, Class of 2005

New England College May 6, 2023 The Simon Green on New England College’s Campus 10:00am Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose work inspired the hit Broadway musical Hamilton
NHTI, Concord’s Community College May 19, 2023 NHTI’s Dr. Goldie Crocker Wellness Center Gymnasium 10:00am and 2:00pm Professor Cynthia Lucero, winner of the 2022 Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence and Lindsay Hobbs, President’s Award winner and 2023 Dental Hygiene Graduate
Plymouth State University Graduate Ceremony: May 12, 2023
Undergraduate Ceremony: May 13, 2023
New Hampshire Field House in the ALLWell North Building Graduate Ceremony: 6:00pm Undergraduate Ceremony: 10:00am Graduate Ceremony: Anna Thomas, has been instrumental in tackling the challenge of rising mental health needs in New Hampshire Undergraduate Ceremony: Todd Angilly, ’99, national anthem singer for the Boston Bruins and a frequent visitor to PSU and Peter Bauer, CEO of Mimecast
River Valley Community College May 12, 2023 River Valley Community College Claremont Campus 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm N/A
Rivier University May 14, 2023 Tsongas Center 10:00am Reverand Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, Ed.D., President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Saint Anselm College May 20, 2023 Saint Anselm College Quadrangle 10:00am Kenneth R. Feinberg, Esq., former chief of staff to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and the Department of Justice’s designated Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001
Southern New Hampshire University April 29-30, 2023 SNHU Arena 9:30am and 2:00pm N/A
University of New Hampshire Graduate School May 19, 2023 Whittemore Center Arena 4:00pm Ruth Varner, Professor of Earth Sciences
University of New Hampshire at Manchester & Granite State College May 19, 2023 Whittemore Center Arena 7:00pm Laura Knoy, New Hampshire Journalist, writer, speaker and former host of NHPR’s The Exchange and Alisbet Veras ’23, graduating senior in Accounting program
University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture May 20, 2023 Whittemore Center Arena 9:00am Elle Purrier St. Pierre ’18, U.S.A. Track and Field Athlete
University of New Hampshire College of Liberal Arts May 20, 2023 Whittemore Center Arena 12:30pm Jackie MacMullan Boyle ’82, Journalist
University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law May 20, 2023 White Park, Concord, NH 3:30pm Dana Remus, former White House Counsel and Counsel at Obama Foundation, Lawyer for Covington & Burling.
University of New Hampshire College of Engineering and Physical Sciences May 21, 2023 Whittemore Center Arena 9:00am Denise Saltojanes, ’95, Managing Director at Golden Seeds
University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics May 21, 2023 Whittemore Center Arena 1:00pm Tim Collins, ’85, Founder and CEO of EBSCO Information Services
University of New Hampshire College of Health and Human Services May 21, 2023 Whittemore Center Arena 4:00pm Alyson McGregor, ’95, Associate Dean of Clinical Faculty Affairs & Development and Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of South Carolina and Co-Founder for the Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative
White Mountains Community College May 12, 2023 White Mountains Community College Main Campus 4:00pm N/A