Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Graduate School held its annual Doctoral Luncheon the day before commencement, but this year, there was yet another reason to celebrate: it was the largest ever class of doctoral graduates. Of the 95 total graduates from this academic year, 77 students received their PhD, and 18 their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Wayne Jones highlighted the achievements by graduating students, as well as provided words of encouragement.

It’s not about the knowledge,” Provost Jones said. “It’s about the sharing of knowledge that will position you to succeed in your field.”

During the luncheon, each faculty advisor stood and presented their advisee(s), including a brief background on each candidate’s dissertation, as well as future career plans. The represented fields were far-reaching and diverse, including oceanography, biochemistry, mechanical engineering and earth & environmental Science to psychology, English, education, sociology, and history, among others.

Many mentors praised their students, articulating ways they were able to learn from and inspire one another. Of his advisee, Dr. Allison Leach, Professor John Aber said, “It’s been a real pleasure to her mentee.” Leach has accepted a postdoctoral researcher position at the UNH Sustainability Institute.

Dean Cari Moorhead and Assistant Dean Dovev Levine wish all doctoral graduates the very best in pursuing their future careers. “It has been an honor to watch our doctoral students grow as learners, researchers, and leaders,” Moorhead said. “While it's bittersweet to see you all go, we are beyond excited to see what the coming years bring in your lives, and we encourage you to stay in touch with us.”