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May 16, 2015 3:38 PM

Slain NH journalist James Foley honored posthumously at Plymouth State University


PLYMOUTH - James Foley, the New Hampshire journalist murdered in Syria last year, was awarded an honorary degree at the Plymouth State University commencement on Saturday.

His parents, Diane and John Foley of Rochester accepted the award, and John Foley made a heartfelt plea to the graduates to continue his son’s legacy of helping the oppressed people of the world, according to university officials.

Foley, was kidnapped in 2012 by terrorists. He was killed in August.

His family has a longstanding connection to Plymouth State - James Foley’s grandfather, John C. Foley, was one of the Plymouth State’s most beloved athletic and academic leaders. The field house, where the commencement ceremony was held, is named after him.

The university held its 144th commencement on Saturday, where they granted almost 1,300 degrees.


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