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‘Cultivate Service,’ Peace Corps Acting Director Tells 2014 AUNE Graduates

Antioch University New England, Keene, New Hampshire

More than eight hundred participants attended commencement exercises, as Antioch University New England (AUNE) awarded degrees to one hundred thirty-eight graduates and finishers on Saturday, May 17, at Keene Middle School.

Acting Director of the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the Commencement speaker, noted that the Peace Corps and AUNE have much in common. “Our purpose is sparking real change, one person, one connection at a time,” she said. She urged the graduates to follow their own lights, without restraint. “Live a life of passion–jump in with both feet,” she said. “Go the distance and then stay a while—the most important things in life are defined by relationships. And cultivate an attitude of service.”

On Friday, Hessler-Radelet signed an agreement to establish a Master’s International program at AUNE, many of whose students and graduates have also been Peace Corps volunteers.

President Stephen Jones welcomed the graduates and guests and awarded the diplomas. “I wish you a life focused in the spirit and intent of Antioch,” he said. “I wish you become your own rock; that your own core principles, value-based character, and the commitment to environmental and social justice constitute your rock.”

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