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Granite State College Celebrates 2011 Graduation

Concord, NH - On Sunday, June 13, Granite State College (GSC) celebrated the graduation of over 500 students from its Bachelors and Associates programs at the Capital Center for the Performing Arts in Concord. GSC also presented awards to Fred Kocher, Tom Raffio and Craig Nevins. Click here for a complete list of 2011 graduates.

Granite State College is one of the four University System of New Hampshire institutions and serves over 3,500 students statewide and beyond. GSC proudly delivers practical and relevant education in the classroom and online, offering associate, bachelor and masters degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education and a variety of transfer opportunities. GSC is committed to empowering and educating students throughout New Hampshire.

Honorary Doctorate 2011

Granite State College awarded Fred Kocher an Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters in recognition of his achievements, and contributions to the state of New Hampshire and its citizens.

While most people know Fred Kocher from his 17 years of conducting interviews on business and economic related topics Sunday mornings on WMUR-TV, his experience runs even deeper. It's that experience - and volunteerism, dedicated and vision - that make Fred an outstanding example of how one person can be a powerful catalyst for change and make an enduring difference in the State of New Hampshire.

Fred has more than 34 years of experience in corporate communications, television news and government. He currently serves as president of Kocher & Company Inc., a marketing, PR and media visibility firm that specializes in high tech businesses.

In addition to managing his own company and hosting the award-winning television series for 14 years, Fred devotes much of his time to volunteer causes. He was most recently named state president of AARP New Hampshire, the organization's top volunteer post. As president, Fred oversees the work of the organization's New Hampshire Executive Council, collaborates with state leadership to ensure the achievement of AARP's strategic goals and continues to build partnerships with leaders in business, government and nonprofits.

Over the years, Fred has been recognized for his considerable contributions to New Hampshire businesses, including his efforts to support new companies and to promote high technology as an engine of New Hampshire's economy. His leadership skills are further utilized as president of the New Hampshire High Technology Council (NHHTC) based in Peterborough, NH.

Founded in 1983, the NHHTC is comprised of more than 250 high tech businesses. The group's mission is to bring together representatives from the private and public sectors to establish and maintain financial, technical, management, legislative and education support programs that encourage innovative research and technology-based industrial development in New Hampshire.

Civic-minded and committed to creating opportunities for NH residents to be in touch with the political process, Fred founded the "Politics and Eggs" forum, to host presidential candidates during the New Hampshire presidential primary. He is also co-founder of the New Hampshire Forum on the Future which brings together leaders from higher education, business and public policy to explore the key questions: What are the future educational, social, technological, environmental, cultural and economic realities, challenges and opportunities facing the State of New Hampshire, and how can we best prepare for our collective future?

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