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Commencement 2024

May 18, 2024
Students at NEC Graduation in Henniker

Celebrate the Class of 2024

Saturday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m.
The Simon Green
98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH 03242

Learn more about Commencement 2024.


Doonesbury Cartoonist to Deliver Commencement Address to New England College 2024 Graduating Class

Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist who created the Doonesbury comic strip, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from the College.

Famed cartoonist Garry Trudeau, creator of the Doonesbury comic strip, has been named the Commencement speaker for New England College’s 2024 graduation ceremony on May 18. In addition, the New England College Board of Trustees has authorized the awarding of the Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa to Trudeau in recognition of his achievements.

Trudeau’s accomplishments include winning the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, making him the first, and only one of two, comic strip artists to win the award. He then received the National Cartoonist Society’s Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 1994 and Reuben Award in 1995. Trudeau’s work has appeared in Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The New Yorker, New York and The Washington Post.

“Comic strips, and through them their creators, have long served as a mirror reflecting society and popular culture,” stated Dr. Wayne F. Lesperance Jr., President of New England College. “I have no doubt that the class of 2024 will enjoy hearing Mr. Trudeau’s perspective as they begin the next chapter of life.”

New England College will celebrate its 77th graduating class on Saturday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. on the Simon Lawn in Henniker, New Hampshire.

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