Antioch University New England Celebrates Commencement – May 10

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May 5, 2008 for Release May 10

Antioch University New England Celebrates Commencement – May 10

Graduate school to award 283 master’s degrees, 26 doctoral (PsyD) degrees in Clinical Psychology, and 13 doctoral (PhD) degrees in Environmental Studies

Keene, NH – Of the three hundred and twenty two graduate students completing their degree requirements, two hundred and three master’s and doctoral degree students will attend and be honored during Antioch University New England’s celebratory commencement exercises to be held Saturday morning, May tenth at the Keene High School auditorium. More than 1,000 participants, guests, and graduate school officials are expected to be present as Antioch University New England President David A. Caruso presides over the ceremonies.

Antioch University New England is awarding 283 master’s degrees in Applied Psychology, Education, Environmental Studies, and Management; 26 doctoral (PsyD) degrees in Clinical Psychology; and 13 doctoral (PhD) degrees in Environmental Studies. Of the master’s degrees, 70 are Master of Arts degrees, 65 are Master of Education degrees, and 148 are Master of Science degrees.

This year’s graduates and finishers came from 27 different states: 135 from New Hampshire, 60 from Vermont, 55 from Massachusetts, 14 from Connecticut, 13 from Maine, 10 from New York, 4 from Pennsylvania, and 4 from Virginia. The remaining came from: California, 3; Colorado, 3; Missouri, 3; New Jersey, 2; Oregon, 2; Tennessee, 2; Florida, 1; Georgia, 1; Idaho, 1; Illinois, 1; Kansas, 1; Kentucky, 1; Michigan, 1; Minnesota, 1; Ohio, 1; Rhode Island, 1; South Carolina, 1; and Wyoming, 1.

Tom Wessels to be Commencement Speaker
AUNE’s May tenth commencement speaker will be Tom Wessels, core faculty and associate chair for external relations in the Department of Environmental Studies. Wessels is an ecologist and founding director of AUNE’s master’s degree program in conservation biology. He is the former chair of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation and serves as an ecological consultant to the Rain Forest Alliance’s SmartWood Green Certification Program. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, and The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future.

Wessels’ speech, To Restory America, will speak of the need to return to the values and ideas of the nation’s founding. Embedded in the talk will be a short historical chronology of how our nation’s original founding story – one that emphasized the importance of the people and frugality as an important family and civic activity – was intentionally transformed into the current cultural story – one that emphasizes the importance of the individual and the need to consume.

About Antioch University New England
This is Antioch University New England’s forty-fourth year as an institution of higher education. The graduate school was founded in 1964 and is now one of the five graduate campuses of Antioch University.

Antioch University New England, based in Keene, New Hampshire, offers rigorous, practice-oriented, values-based Master’s, Doctoral and certificate programs to more than one thousand students. Programs in education, leadership and management, environmental studies, and psychology reflect a dedication to activism, social justice, community service, and sustainability.