MANCHESTER, NH - The New Hampshire Institute of Art will congratulate 33 students who will be graduating from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program during the Commencement Ceremony to be held May 17, 2009 at 2 pm.

The graduates will receive their degrees following the Processional and Program, which will include an Invocation by Sister Regina Fahy and remarks by Roger Williams, President of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Rick Strawbridge, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Patrick McCay, Academic Dean, will present scholarships and awards to this year's recipients and Cassandra Long, class of 2009, will present the Student Address. This year's Commencement guest speaker is Anthony Ryder, successful author, instructor, artist and founder of the Ryder Studio School, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Following the Commencement ceremony is the opening of the 2009 BFA Student Exhibition, which will showcase the work of the graduating class as well as undergraduates. Over 700 pieces of art will be exhibited and many will be for sale. The majority of the proceeds go directly to the students. The Annual Student Exhibition reception is open to the public.

2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates



Name Town State
Rebecca Lee Libby Manchester NH
David Paul Melnick 
Londonderry NH
Nicole Rose St. Pierre 
Nicole E. Stratton  


Name Town State
Christopher Paul Blanchard
Brett Michael Davis
Eliza Mariah Hamilton West Newbury
Jessica Noelle Marion Campton NH
Kyle D. Mosher Nashua NH
Brayden Donald Pepin Manchester NH
Carol Emery Phenix Chocorua NH
John Lisle Shapiro New Durham NH
Nathan L. Twombly
Danville NH
Jill Weber Mont Vernon        


Name Town State
Lotus Yueh-Ju Lien      


Name Town State
Eleanor M. Clough New Boston NH
Matthew Hubbard Cohen Plymouth NH
Steven T. Dolan Manchester NH
Stacey May Jacques Laconia NH
Meghan Marie Lawless Bedford NH
Cassandra Marie Long Derry NH
Melissa Anne Michael Manchester NH
Christopher R. Raychel St. Petersburgh FL
Heather H. Toland Weare NH
Soo Rye Yoo North Hampton NH     


Name Town State
Sarah Anne Beliveau Derry NH
Michael John Boivin Campton NH
Marie Elizabeth Forcier Loudon NH
Victoria Leigh Hall Gilmanton NH
Ashley Dawn Hayward Westminster MA
Holly Elise McCarthy Plaistow NH
Holly Megin Tate Manchester NH
Mary Elizabeth White Londonderry NH


Commencement details may also be found at www.nhia.edu.

The New Hampshire Institute of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree along with non-credit continuing education and certificate programs. The New Hampshire Institute of Art is the only independent college of art in New Hampshire and Vermont and is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is a candidate for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Institute buildings are wheelchair accessible. For more information on Institute programs, please contact jlafleur@nhia.edu or call (603) 836-2546.



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