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New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan to Speak at New England College Commencement

Poet Laureate Chard deNiord also Honored –

Hassan-Maggie-Governor2New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will speak at New England College’s 69th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Governor Hassan will congratulate the graduates and highlight the important role that they will continue to play in New Hampshire’s economy and vibrant civic society.  For her many contributions and service to the state, Governor Hassan will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.  The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on the Simon Green located at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker.

Governor Hassan is an exceptional leader in New Hampshire,” said New England College President Michele Perkins.  “She has dedicated her life to public service and is known for her ability to bring people together to solve problems and protect the state’s high quality of life.  I know she will inspire our entire community on this special day.”

“I am honored to join the New England College Class of 2016,” Governor Hassan said.  “I look forward to congratulating graduates and praising their investment in an education that will produce benefits for years to come.  I am confident that the hard work and dedication that these students have put into their education will have a lasting impact on the future of our communities and state.”

Now in her second term, Governor Hassan is focused on building a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.  Working with legislators from both parties, the Governor has successfully developed two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets, launched an “Innovate NH” jobs plan, created greater access to healthcare, and has led efforts to modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure, among many other accomplishments.

Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission.  Her experience as a business attorney, along with her role as the parent of two children, one of whom experiences severe disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work.  The Governor earned her BA from Brown University and her JD from the Northeastern School of Law.

Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of VermontAnother special guest at New England College’s Commencement will be Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of Vermont.  DeNiord is the author of the poetry collections Asleep in the Fire (1990), Sharp Golden Thorn (2003), Night Mowing (2005), The Double Truth (2011), Interstate (2015), and the book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs (2011).

For over a decade Chard deNiord taught at private schools while publishing poems.  He currently teaches at Providence College where he was named the tenth recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award.

Chard deNiord has a MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and an undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College.  In 2002, he co-founded New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and led the program for five years.  For his artistic accomplishments and commitment to the teaching of literature and language, Chard deNiord will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at Commencement.