Granite State College Celebrates the 2017 Graduation, Academic Honors, and Presents Honorary Degree and Awards at Commencement Ceremony

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Concord, NH  – On Sunday, June 11, 2017, Granite State College celebrated the graduation of more than 500 students from its associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire. In addition, the College will celebrate various awards including an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters presented to Sarah Currier, Director of Workforce Development at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The ceremony will be streamed live on

2017 Granite State College Graduates

Class of 2017 (PDF)
Sorted alphabetically by City, with New Hampshire communities listed first followed by other states.

Honorary Doctorate 2017

Sarah Currier, Director of Workforce Development at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
Addressing New Hampshire’s workforce needs takes creative vision and strong partnerships between the academic opportunities students have in our state and workforce partners. Sarah Currier is an exemplar of leadership in education and employee development.

Her passion to cultivate a loyal and thriving healthcare workforce is evident in her role as director of workforce development at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a non-profit academic health system that serves a patient population of 1.9 million across New England. Ms. Currier develops academic partnerships and programs to create sustainable workforce pipelines.

Under her creative leadership, Dartmouth-Hitchcock successfully implemented an education and workforce partnership that launched more than 150 apprentices in just 24 months. The partnership provides innovative pathways to help workers gain college credit while pursuing a professional career.

She has also introduced an innovative post-graduate training program for associate providers and she has been involved in many of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. In 2016, she was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to the State Workforce Investment Board. Ms. Currier holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Bryn Mawr College and a M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

With a personal and professional mission that puts education partnerships and workforce development at the center, Sarah Currier embodies the spirit of Granite State College.

Granite State Award 2017

NAMI New Hampshire
NAMI New Hampshire’s origin is a national story, but also a quintessential New Hampshire story. After the death of her husband in 1972, Peggy Straw’s daughter began experiencing a mental illness. In an effort to find support and learn about the nature of her daughter’s disease, Peggy joined the NH Association for Mental Health. In 1976, she wrote to every state to find out if there were any support groups for families of loved ones with mental illness. Of the 39 states that responded to her inquiry, none knew of any support groups or even where information other than patient rights booklets could be obtained. She felt that need to link those quiet conversations that were taking place among families and close friends, to see them joined to one another in a more tangible, a more impactful and a more public voice.

Peggy decided to start her own support group in 1978 with a few other interested families. As President of her local mental health center, she attended a convention in San Francisco in 1979. There she heard about a group of families considering the formation of a National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). The next year she traveled to Chicago to attend the first organizational meeting of NAMI, representing New Hampshire. A seed was planted, and families affected by mental illness joined together to form affiliates throughout the country. Slowly, support groups were organized by affiliates with a goal of advocating for better community based services for their loved ones.

In the fall of 1982, NAMI NH legally incorporated in the state of NH as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It was a vivid illustration of an organic grassroots movement, emerging authentically from the interplay between a vital human need and the capacity and strength of people to respond.

Today, NAMI NH which provides support, education and advocacy for thousands of New Hampshire families who are affected by mental illness. Through their extensive engagement of volunteers, NAMI NH’s work is deeply woven into the communities of the State in a way that is characteristically New Hampshire: neighbors helping neighbors.

Distinguished Faculty Award 2017

Mark Jewell, M.S. Undergraduate and Graduate Studies.
As a faculty member in undergraduate and graduate studies, Mark Jewell brings his dedication for student success to the classes he teaches. He was essential in helping the College develop master’s level degree programs and shares expertise on the overall design of graduate level coursework. He is engaged in key College activities such as accreditation and re-accreditation reviews. Jewell shares both his teaching and management experience in both for-profit and non-profit settings with students. His passion to help students connect with learning from initial coursework to the culminating capstone experience is a hallmark of his work. His early adoption of online meeting technology provided students with virtual synchronous class sessions to help guide them and provide real-time feedback. Extending his dedication to student success is Professor Jewell’s passion to help other faculty teaching graduate capstone courses integrate rich technology into their courses, which cultivates connections between faculty and students.

Dennis Martino, M.Ed., CAGS. Undergraduate and Graduate Studies.
Dennis Martino teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and his responsiveness to students is a cornerstone of his approach. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the College in organizational leadership, education and training, workplace mediation, and strategic planning. Professor Martino has been an integral part of the development of the College’s master’s level degree programs and represents the College at accreditation and re-accreditation reviews. His engagement in faculty development events and work toward continuous improvement of course design, such as the master’s in management courses, is also of note as he contributes to a culture of collaboration and excellence. In combination with his thoughtful approach to the student experience and dedication to course and program outcomes, Professor Martino has provided a positive and quality impact that helps Granite State College meet its mission and provide meaningful, relevant experiences for our students.

Todd J. Leach Award for Innovative Leadership 2017

Scott McGilvray, State Senator and Educator-Leader. In Memoriam.
Supporting the professional development, degree aspirations, and certification needs of teachers, adult educators, and educational leaders is central to the work of the School of Education at Granite State College. In memoriam, the College honors the significant impact Scott McGilvray has made to improve the lives of New Hampshire students, families, and citizens by working to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed.

Scott McGilvray earned the respect of colleagues and the admiration of his students through many years of dedicated service within the Manchester School District; having taught social studies at Manchester Memorial High School for more than 20 years, serving as the school’s head football coach for about a decade, and later president of the Manchester Education Association. His tireless advocacy for students and schools led him to serve as the president of New Hampshire’s largest teacher’s union, the NEA-New Hampshire where he focused on strengthening the teaching profession and advocating for great public schools for every student. His desire to make New Hampshire a better place to live, attend school, and raise a family led him to the New Hampshire State Senate. Scott was ultimately elected to serve Senate District 16.

Time will not erase the outstanding contributions of Scott McGilvray, for his professional contributions as a teacher, coach, labor leader, and mentor directly impacted the lives of students.

Victor Montana Award 2017

Susan Fulton, Chief Financial Officer of the Endowment for Health.
Susan Fulton’s career journey began while raising three children as a stay-at-home mother. When her youngest entered kindergarten, she decided to return to work. Without a degree or recent workplace experience, she had little success finding a position.

Like many Granite State College students, she began taking classes at a community college, eventually obtaining her associate degree in accounting. While obtaining her associate degree, she was able to take on several part-time employment opportunities working for a bank, as a bookkeeper, and working as an administrative assistant for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care. In time, she was offered a full-time position that evolved into a data analyst position. Susan describes that dividing time between raising a family, working full-time, and going to school had some challenges, but was so worthwhile.

She and her family moved to New Hampshire in 2001 and she was hired as the executive assistant for the newly formed private foundation, Endowment for Health. While her associate degree in accounting and database knowledge helped her to succeed, Susan soon realized that there was so much more to learn. She also recognized that she could bring more value to the organization if she continued her education.

This realization brought Susan to Granite State College to pursue her B.S. in Business Management. While enrolled at Granite State, she had several title changes and promotions—from administrative manager to grants manager. Granite State allowed her to take classes in the evening at her own pace—one class per semester. The experience provided her with confidence and allowed her to grow personally and professionally; ultimately completing her bachelor’s degree and later her M.B.A.

Ultimately, Susan moved from Executive Assistant to Chief Financial Officer in 16 years. Her dedication as an adult student is an exemplar of the Granite State College experience.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Inductees, 2016-2017

In a ceremony previously held, the following students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the distinguished honor society that aims to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing the competing interests of home and work.

Audra Anderson of Newmarket, NH
William Atkinson of Brookline, NH
Kelsey Beattie of Windsor, VT
Deborah Briand of Barrington, NH
Julie Chin of Center Conway, NH
Ryan Colby of Concord, NH
Gordon Cunningham of Lebanon, NH
Ingrid Czachor of Manchester, NH
Tanya Delisle of Rochester, NH
Amanda Denton of Barre, VT
Kristen Doherty of Exeter, NH
Lynne Evans of Conway, NH
Matthew Favreau of Dalton, NH
John Fulcher of Jefferson, NH
Michael Griffin of Meredith, NH
Nancy Hamel of Manchester, NH
Charlotte Holt of Woodsville, NH
Dawn James of North Conway, NH
Aimee Khatib of Lebanon, NH
Jacqueline Krause of Albany, NH
Vijay Lama of Manchester, NH
Alexis Leclair of Hooksett, NH
Coleen Levasseur of Pelham, NH
Kasey Locke of East Rochester, NH
Karen MacLeod of Bristol, NH
Ian McGrath of Manchester, NH
Michael McQuillen of Bristol, NH
Amanda Moutsoulas of Sanbornville, NH
Katie Orazio of Henniker, NH
Lynne Ouellette of Nashua, NH
Cheryl Pranaitis of Kettering, OH
Michelle Scott of White River Junction, VT
Sally Smith of Merrimack, NH
Kathryn Stansfield of Wolfeboro, NH
Miranda Sykes of Virginia Beach, VA
Judith Welch of Rochester, NH
Jennifer Woltmann of Cathedral City, CA
Angela Yurick of Kittery, ME


538 degrees conferred (248 participating in Commencement)
September 2016 – June 2017

  • 493 Undergraduate Students
  • 45 Graduate Students
  • ~79% graduating with Honors
  • ~81% in New Hampshire
  • ~11% New England
  • ~8% other states
Granite State College Demographics

Average Age

  • 34 (undergrad)
  • 39 (graduate)
    *Traditional-age students (18-24) make up
    27% of undergraduate student body


  • Female: 70% (undergrad), 58% (graduate)
  • Male: 30% (undergrad), 42% (graduate)

Full-time Students

  • 24% (undergrad)
  • 14% (graduate)

Part-time Students

  • 76% (undergrad)
  • 86% (graduate)

Online Studies
Nearly every student enrolls in multiple online courses during their tenure at Granite State College and all undergraduate and graduate programs are available 100% online. Students may register for online and on-campus courses based on their availability and personal schedule.

  • 70% course sections offered online (undergrad)
  • 82% course sections offered online (graduate)