Graduation ceremonies held at UNH, Plymouth State


By Duncan Shaw



DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University held commencement ceremonies for the class of 2018 on Saturday.

About 2,100 undergraduate and 800 graduate students filled Wildcat Stadium in Durham to collect their U.N.H. diplomas.


Shawn Gorman, the second chairman of L.L. Bean in the company's century-plus history and a member of the class of 1989, spoke to graduates. He encouraged them to lead adventure-filled lives, and to make sure to spend time outdoors.


"How and where you choose to be outside doesn't matter," Gorman said. "What is important is recognizing that being outdoors is a critical antidote to this hyper-competitive, hyper-stressed, tech-driven world we live in. Yes, technology powers our lives in all sorts of wonderful ways, but it will never fill your soul like watching a sunrise from a mountain."


Graduates also heard from President Mark Huddleston, who is retiring at the end of June after 11 years, the longest serving president in U.N.H. history.


"And like you, I suspect, I feel kind of sad to be leaving, but excited about the future," Huddleston said.


Plymouth State University held its 147th commencement ceremony, with Governor Chris Sununu delivering the address. He told graduates they're finishing college at a very unique time.


"There's a lot of opportunity out there," Sununu said. "Trust me, it's not always like this, where it's 2.6% unemployment in New Hampshire. That means there's a lot of available jobs and a lot of opportunity."


But the governor said becoming a success still isn't easy.


"Work hard to bring out the best in yourselves, because it is hard work," he said.