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FAL-WIN 2018

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RAVENINGS G raduates, parents, faculty and guests braved the cold and rain to celebrate the University's 53rd Commencement Saturday, May 12, 2018. President Kim Mooney '83, welcomed graduating Ravens, reminding them of the best qualities of their namesake bird. "Ravens are the smartest of birds, adaptable, empathetic, cooperative and playful." She highlighted these qualities in the engaged and close-knit Franklin Pierce community, offering congratulations to all. e University conferred 581 degrees, including 81 doctorates in physical therapy; 132 master's degrees in business, physician assistant studies and nursing ; 352 undergraduate degrees; and 16 associate degrees. Joshua Mercer '18, valedictorian for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, shared this advice with his classmates: "Use your education to be vehicles for positive change. Be inclusive, ask questions, be curious and never forget the relationships we built as we came together to accomplish a common goal." Mooney and Provost James DuMond Jr. awarded two honorar y degrees and a special award. One went to Dana Bash, CNN chief political correspondent, recognized for her diligence and adherence to the truth in reporting the news. Bash encouraged graduates to be ambitious, but not overly calculating. "Love what you do, first because you are going to spend a lot of time doing it, and second because passionate and engaged professionals are better at what they do." Leader Bank founder and CEO Sushil Tuli was recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, community-minded banking practices and generosity that inspires others. Northeast Delta Dental President and CEO Tom Raffio received the Hon. Walter R. Peterson Citizen Leader Award for his outstanding leadership, humility, professionalism and sense of humor. At the ceremony's closing, Mooney bid farewell to the Class of 2018. "Over 20,000 graduates enthusiastically welcome you into the Franklin Pierce University Alumni Association," she said. "We are forever connected to each other and to this special University, our alma mater. You are always welcome here. We will always want to know how you are." — Julie Rizzo Commencement Ceremony: A Bright Spot on a Rainy Day CLASS OF 2018 RAVENINGS FALL / WINTER 2018 PIERCE 7 We are forever connected to each other and to this special University, our alma mater. You are always welcome here. We will always want to know how you are. — KIM MOONEY '83 ANDREW CUNNINGHAM

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