UNH president urges graduates to channel their 'better angels'
DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire's Class of 2017 officially graduated on Saturday with an inspirational send-off.
Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, a 1981 graduate of the University, was the keynote speaker at Saturday's graduation ceremony in Durham.
“No matter what your career ambitions may be, no matter what line of work you may have in mind, I’d suggest to you that as citizens of this great country, we are all called to serve… to serve our communities, our nation, our world,” Robinson told the class of 2017.
Robinson is one of two female four-star generals in the Air Force. She currently leads the U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
UNH President Mark Huddleston and Governor Chris Sununu also spoke briefly at the commencement, offering advice to the graduating seniors as they enter the work force.
After a series of racially charged incidents on the UNH campus, President Huddleston encouraged students to listen to their "better angels."
"Sadly, our campus has not been immune from these forces. We have had symbols of hate scrawled on our walls," President Huddleston said. "We have had students and staff members verbally assaulted, even spit on Facebook and other social media sites have been used to harass, demean and even provoke. These are things that have happened at UNH. There's no denying it. And we're going to address them, forcefully, as a community, in the months to come."
More than 2,300 undergraduate and 448 graduate students — including 79 military veterans —representing 41 states and 30 foreign countries received degrees on Saturday.