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May 21, 2016 2:12 PM

UNH grads were urged to learn about the world during this years commencement address

DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire celebrated the 146th commencement on Saturday morning where more than 2,400 undergraduate and 473 graduate students received degrees.

Among these students, there were 70 military veterans. The graduates represented 40 states and 24 foreign countries.

The commencement speaker was Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Haass stressed that you need to know about the world for three reasons: it can affect you directly, it can and will affect your livelihood, and one of the most important things we all are is a citizen.

President Mark Huddleston addressed the graduates, families, and guests and noted their role in helping to shine a light on UNH during the national and international media coverage when they held a debate just ahead of the first in nation primary.

“Hold on to the qualities that got you here. Stay grounded. Keep listening. Find common ground. And bring your grit with you when you head into the word,” Huddleston said to the graduates.

The Granite State Award is awarded to outstanding contributions to the state of New Hampshire and this years recipients were given to John Harrigan and Jameson Franch.

The University of New Hampshire produced a total of 2,626 undergraduates and 637 graduate students across its three campuses in Durham, Manchester and Concord.

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