SIXTY-THIRD CONVOCATION OF NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE – SEPTEMBER 1
The sixty-third convocation of New England College was held on Tuesday, September 1 in the College’s Field House. Celebrating the opening of the academic year, Convocation 2009 featured a keynote presentation by George Bruno, former Ambassador to Belize. Ambassador Bruno received the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Michele Perkins, President of New England College offered the welcoming remarks, followed by a greeting from Dr. James Murtha, Chairman of the New England College Board of Trustees. The Convocation address by Dr. Murtha was his first presentation to the New England College community since he was named chairman in May. Dr. Murtha has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2004 and previously served as vice chairman.
Additional speakers included: Dr. Don Melander, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Mark Mitch, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and recipient of the 2009 Robert A. Kilgore Faculty of the Year Award; and Eric Collins, President of Student Senate.
“New England College is pleased to award an honorary degree to Ambassador Bruno,” remarked President Perkins. “As someone who has dedicated his career to international relations and public service, Ambassador Bruno represents the ideals and accomplishments that are most meaningful to our students. New England College has shared a long and collegial relationship with Ambassador Bruno and we recognize him for his success in creating substantive change on a global scale.”
New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire was founded in 1946 to serve the educational needs of veterans returning from WWII. The College offers 30 on-campus undergraduate programs and 12 masters degree programs that are delivered online, through residencies, and in cohort groups. A member of Project Pericles, the College is committed to providing education that promotes civic engagement and social responsibility. At New England College, students find a creative and supportive learning environment that challenges them to transform themselves and their world. More information may be found at www.nec.edu.