RINDGE — Franklin Pierce University will give honorary degrees to two mayors and a CEO at this weekend’s commencement, as well as recognize a civic leader with the Walter R. Peterson award.
The recipients will address the class of 2019 at Saturday’s ceremony, according to an article on the Rindge university’s website.
Receiving honorary degrees are mayors Joyce Craig of Manchester and Georgia Lord of Goodyear, Ariz.; and Jamie Trowbridge, president and CEO of Yankee Publishing Inc. This year’s Honorable Walter R. Peterson Citizen Leader Award will go to Martha Pappas.
“It is a longstanding tradition at Franklin Pierce University to honor individuals whose personal and professional accomplishments provide examples for our students to admire, and hopefully, emulate,” Franklin Pierce President Kim Mooney said in the article.
A native of Manchester, Craig is its first female mayor, succeeding Ted Gatsas at the helm. Manchester is the state’s most populous city and, along with Goodyear, Ariz., home to Franklin Pierce’s doctor of physical therapy program.
“Mayor Joyce Craig’s determination to build relationships with businesses and universities to improve employment and quality of life in Manchester resonates with the strategic goals of Franklin Pierce University,” Mooney said in the article, which also notes Craig’s former service as a school board member and alderman.
Lord is in her third and final term as mayor of Goodyear, Ariz., according to the city’s website.
“As another first female mayor, but this time in one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Mayor Lord is passionate about city government and the opportunity to impact the quality of life for residents,” Mooney said.
As for Trowbridge, Mooney lauded him for bringing Yankee Publishing, which was founded in 1935, “into the 21st century.”
“Despite all of the modernization in the industry, he maintains Yankee’s founding values of helping to preserve the culture that makes New England unique,” Mooney said in the article.
The Dublin company’s titles include Yankee Magazine and The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Martha Pappas is a trustee of the Arthur M. and Martha R. Pappas Foundation and has served on “numerous nonprofit boards and community foundations,” according to Franklin Pierce. The Pappas’ support of the university includes, but isn’t limited to, a sizable donation to what became the Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Health Science and Athletic Training Center.
The Walter R. Peterson award is named after Franklin Pierce’s second president, who also served as governor of New Hampshire.
“Martha Pappas’ philanthropic work makes her an ideal recipient of the Peterson Citizen Leader Award, which recognizes her commitment to public service, selfless contributions to higher education, sense of humor, and high moral character,” Mooney said.
Franklin Pierce’s commencement ceremony is Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at the campus in Rindge.