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Commencing with a tremendous honor at the University of New Hampshire
23 May
2021
By 2020Visionquest
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Randy in a black commencement robe and gown, wearing a Patriots mask, with Swirl the black lab in a harness at his side, next to the Dean also in a black robe and black mask. 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)

Be well,
Randy Pierce

 

2 responses to “Commencing with a tremendous honor at the University of New Hampshire”

  1. Sue Klabunde says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for your wise words.

  2. Annette Fraser-Dunn says:

    Randy, your words really hit home with me, and I am particularly grateful as I have been navigating a few challenges of my own lately. I have made a note of your GPA and ABC acronyms and stuck them to my computer to remind me that the way I respond to challenges is something I can choose. I know I will still have bad days, everyone does, but the more tools I have in my mental arsenal, the better equipped I am to deal with everything life throws at me. And a gazillion congratulations on your honorary doctorate. I can’t think of anyone more deserving.

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