Lebanon College bestows degrees on 26 graduatesBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
May 18. 2014 7:40PM
LEBANON — Lebanon College graduated 26 students at its 57th commencement ceremony in the Lebanon Opera House Saturday.
College president Dr. Ronald E. Biron welcomed the graduates and families and spoke on the many changes and historic events the graduates have witnessed first-hand in their academic careers, according to a press release from Lebanon College.
Keynote speaker Michael J. Cryans, Grafton County commissioner, spoke on the values and struggles of education through the metaphor of running a marathon.
Cryans also talked about his friendship with the late executive councilor Raymond Burton and Burton’s love and support of the Upper Valley region and Lebanon College.
An Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters was awarded to Arthur Z. Gardiner Jr.
Gardiner is the chairman of the Trustees for Lebanon College and has been instrumental in board leadership and the college’s capital campaign, according to the school.
He is also an active member of the Hanover-Lebanon community and serves on a number of Upper Valley boards aiding community needs and resources.
Mary Trepanier was recognized as clinical instructor of the year for Allied Health. Brooke Harrington received the Allied Health Student of the Year award. Shelley Vanderwende received the Teacher of the Year award.