Granite State College graduates largest class ever
Among the Class of 2014’s 427 students — 247 of whom marched at the commencement ceremony — was Nashua police Lt. Francis Sullivan, who drew a standing ovation as he made his “Greetings from the Graduates” speech.
Sullivan, who is both a criminal investigator and his department’s media spokesman, chuckled as he praised the college for teaching him how “to form complete sentences” for his press releases.
Speakers at the ceremony frequently praised the graduates’ family members and friends.
Gonzales, in her first year at the college, then praised the recipient of the college’s Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Dyn founder and CEO Jeremy Hitchcock, who she said “embodies the spirit of our college.”
“Your friends and family helped you along the way. Parents, friends, partners, children … they all wanted you to succeed,” he said.
He then asked the seniors to “read one book when you leave here,” a motivational book called “How You Measure Your Life,” by Clayton Christensen and co-authors James Allworth and Karen Dillon.
“Be happy,” Hitchcock said. “We all have opportunities to lead different lives, use yours. Write your story and let it speak for itself.”