My own graduation with Swirl was barely complete when I processed beside Dean Mike Decelle to the platform from where I would provide the commencement address for the graduates of the University of New Hampshire for the year 2020.
One year later than the originally anticipated event, resiliency was the theme on the path towards establishing tools to enhance the preparedness for managing adversity.
My remarks were kindly received on a hot and humid afternoon as Mr. Swirl found his way to a few distractions and I needed to tend my own graduate mid-ceremony to the appreciation of the audience.
I trust a few worthy remarks may resonate for those in attendance and you may listen for yourself thanks to the video efforts of Rob Webber in the audience.
Randy’s Commencement Address to the Graduated Class of UNH-Manchester 2020 (14:31)
Ultimately my greatest surprise and honor was at the conclusion of my comments. I was asked to step to the side to receive an Honorary Degree from my alma matter. The moment was also captured by Rob as they bestowed the degree, “Doctor of Humane Letters,” provided my diploma and placed the hood on me. Swirl stood beside me as I experienced a swirl of my own emotions. I’ve had so many amazing experiences and opportunities in my life and tremendous honors for certain. This was something I never thought to experience and will treasure forever. It changes very little in my world and yet means the world to me to suggest my efforts to make a positive difference matter and my own alma matter demonstrated it to the highest degree.
Randy is bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire (1:17)