First VT-NH-ME cohort of students graduate with Master's degree

Two years ago, more than 35 students gathered at the Manchester City Library for the first onsite Institute, as part of the first UNT Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine (VT-NH-ME) MLIS cohort. Two years later, on  Jan. 14, 2018, more than half of those same students gathered once again at the Manchester City Library. Only this time was different. This time they gathered to celebrate the hard work during the past two years that had led up to this joyous moment. This time family and friends gathered with them to show their love and support.

The VT-NH-ME cohort recognition ceremony took place on Jan. 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Manchester City Library in Manchester, NH. Close to 100 students and guests attended the ceremony.

“The graduation ceremony for the first UNT/MCL MLIS Program was a joyous event with over 100 graduates, friends, and family in attendance,” said Phil Turner, professor emeritus and director of the cohort.  “It is a privilege to have served as the coordinator for this cohort and the academic advisor to most of these students.  I look forward to seeing them progress through their careers in library and information science.”

Opening remarks were given by Dr. Turner. The keynote speaker was Denise van Zanten, director of the Manchester City Library. Sarah Paige gave an encouraging message as the student speaker, and students Jennifer Bishop and Heather Paradzick served as marshals. Drs. Ana Cleveland, Brian O’Connor, and Phil Turner performed the hooding ceremony. A reception was held immediately following the ceremony.

The VT-NH-ME cohort is a collaboration with the Manchester City Library. Students meet for their first two semesters at the Manchester City Library for onsite instruction in the program’s three core courses, orientation and social activities. The remainder of instruction takes place via the Web. A second cohort of students began their journey this month, with an onsite institute held on Jan. 13 and 14, 2018. The second institute is June 2, 2018. 

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