“For my older children, I wanted to show them the importance of completing your goal, and for my younger children, I wanted to show the importance of commitment and higher education.”
For scores of New England College graduates from around the nation, all roads will lead to Henniker, New Hampshire, where members of the Class of 2016 will receive their diplomas May 14.
The 69th Commencement Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Simon Green on the NEC campus.
The graduating class includes about 30 students who completed their degree programs 100% online. Some will travel to Henniker from states including New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia and Ohio.
“My children inspired me to succeed,” said Joan Bauer, a mother of six who earned her BA in Criminal Justice online. “I wanted to show them that it is never too late to work toward things that are important to you.
“For many years, it became a joke with me and my older children that I went to the ‘college of hard knocks’ (so much so that they grew up thinking that was an actual school),” said Bauer, who began her law enforcement career as a Cincinnati police officer in 1990. “For my older children, I wanted to show them the importance of completing your goal, and for my younger children, I wanted to show the importance of commitment and higher education.”
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of New England College to serve the educational needs of veterans returning from World War II. Today, the regionally accredited, private college has about 2,600 students enrolled in dozens of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs offered on campus or online.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will address students during the Commencement Ceremony, where she also will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
“I look forward to congratulating graduates and praising their investment in an education that will produce benefits for years to come,” Hassan said in a statement.
Also receiving an honorary degree will be Chard deNiord, the Poet Laureate of Vermont, who will be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters. The author and professor is cofounder of NEC’s Master of Fine Arts in Poetry.