2014 Award Recipients

Honorary Degrees

Jennifer LeeCommencement Speaker
"Frozen" Screenwriter/Director Jennifer Lee ’92
Doctor of Humane Letters

Walt Disney Animation Studios

The 2014 Commencement Speaker will be "Frozen" Screenwriter/Director Jennifer Lee '92. Lee is the first woman to direct an animated feature film for Walt Disney Animation Studios and in March took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards®.

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Maggie HassanDavid Hajjar ’77G, ’78G
Doctor of Humane Letters
Internationally recognized scientist

David Hajjar is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of atherosclerosis and vascular biology whose research on heart disease has had impact worldwide. After receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire, he joined the Cornell faculty in 1981 and was appointed a full tenured professor in 1989, one of the youngest in the medical school’s history.

In 2011, Hajjar was named to the Fulbright Scholars Program, working with the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and Qatar University to strengthen the biomedical research and educational enterprise of these institutions.

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Granite State Awards

ScammansW. Douglas ’64 and Stella Scamman ’63
Granite State Award

Active in New Hampshire State Politics

W. Douglas ’64 and Stella Scamman ’63 of Stratham served 13 and three terms, respectively, in the New Hampshire House of Representatives where Doug Scamman was elected Speaker three times. Between them, the Scammans represented District 13 in the New Hampshire House for 32 years.

The former dairy farmers worked to place their 200-plus acre farm in Stratham in conservation. The farm is the site of the Scamman Home and Garden Center and the former site of Stella Scamman’s 35-year business, the Creative Cricket.

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Bottomline TechnologiesBottomline Technologies
Granite State Award

Portsmouth-based high-tech firm committed to community service

Bottomline Technologies is being recognized for its commitment to local communities and encouraging employees to volunteer in the areas where they work and live.

Bottomline Technologies is a sponsor of End 68 Hours of Hunger and has donated $10,000 to support local programs that serve more than 550 children a week in New Hampshire. Corporate and employee donations to the United Way’s annual campaign total $85,000. And, in 2013, the company donated $1,000 to Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization that educates and informs community leaders.

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