Event Returns to Campus for First Time Since Pandemic
CONCORD, NH – The sun shone brightly on the NHTI – Concord’s Community College campus on Friday, May 19, as the school celebrated its 73rd Commencement – but it was nothing compared to the smiles of the 200+ graduates and their families. More than 200 students participated in the ceremony as part of the Class of 2023, with degrees conferred in programs ranging from Dental Hygiene to Mechanical Engineering.
This was the first Commencement to occur on NHTI’s campus in many years, and it was the first to include NHTI’s certificate earners as part of the ceremony.
“It’s hot in these robes, but in a few minutes, it’s going to get even hotter – by about 200 degrees,” joked NHTI’s president Patrick Tompkins in his address to students. “All of us at NHTI congratulate you on this momentous achievement in your life. But it wasn’t easy. You studied and worked late at night and early in the morning. You sometimes wondered if you were good enough. You sometimes wondered if it was worth it. But you have proved you are good enough, and it is worth it. Remember that your success is your success. No one can take it from you.”
Students and their guests were treated to the hour-long ceremony in NHTI’s gym, decked out for the occasion. The event was also live-streamed online and at various locations on campus to accommodate overflow attendees.
Outside on NHTI’s Quad, students cheered each other’s accomplishments, posed for photos, and mingled with NHTI’s Advisory Board members, faculty, and staff members who helped them along the way. The scene was a chaotic dance of excitement, relief, and pride: Students and their families gathered in groups of hugs and chatter in many languages. Faculty members mingled and cheered their students. One student proudly displayed her fifth degree from NHTI – this one in Mechanical Engineering – while another held the Business degree she just earned at age 69.
The student speaker, Lindsay Hobbs, spoke about her journey to get to NHTI during the ceremony.
“If you had told me five years ago that I’d be graduating from NHTI with a degree in Dental Hygiene, I would have laughed at you,” she said. “I had been an aimless student at UNH, changing my major every semester as I looked for my passion. At NHTI, I found it.”
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NHTI – Concord’s Community College
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