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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet to Speak at Antioch University New England’s 2014 Commencement

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2014 – On Saturday, May 17, Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will speak at the 2014 Antioch University New England (AUNE) commencement in Keene, N.H., about the value of service and global engagement in today’s increasingly interconnected world. AUNE will confer master’s degrees in applied psychology, education, environmental studies, and organization and management, and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, applied psychology, and environmental studies.

“We're thrilled that Acting Director Hessler-Radelet will address our 2014 graduates,” said Stephen Jones, president of AUNE. “The Peace Corps and AUNE share a mission to effect global change, one volunteer and one graduate at a time.”

AUNE has been a member of the Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program since 2011, and this year celebrates its first class of Coverdell graduates. The Coverdell Fellows program provides returned Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships, academic credit and stipends toward an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service. Returned volunteers entering any of AUNE’s master’s or doctoral programs are eligible to apply for two available scholarships. This year, a dozen AUNE students are Coverdell Fellows.

College graduates who have served with the Peace Corps return home with cross-cultural, leadership, community development and language skills that give them a competitive edge for 21st century jobs and advanced educational opportunities.

With 72 residents currently serving, New Hampshire is the No. 3 Peace Corps volunteer-producing state per capita in the nation. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 1,662 Peace Corps volunteers from New Hampshire have traveled abroad to serve their country in the cause of peace.

WHAT:            Antioch University New England (AUNE) Commencement Address by Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
WHEN:            10:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, May 17, 2014
WHERE:          Keene Middle School, 167 Maple Avenue, Keene, N.H.

RSVP: Media interested in attending this event should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov.

About the Peace Corps: As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.

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