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May 22, 2011

UNH grads ready for new challenges

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Her mother, Kim Parrillio, said she was so proud of her.

"She's worked hard," she said. "We've had a great experience at UNH. My son also goes here and he'll be graduating next year."

Alexandru Sabau of Haverhill, Mass., graduated from the Thompson School of Applied Science and said at age 26, he isn't the usual undergraduate.

"It's kind of surreal," he said. "I graduated from high school in 2002, so it's been a long, non-traditional road."

Sabau runs his own landscaping business in Haverhill and plans to attend graduate school next year at Boston Architectural college for landscaping design.

Chelsy Capoloupo of Newburyport studied occupational science and said she plans to go to grad school in the fall, after a summer working as a waitress at the Black Cow in her hometown.

"I'm overwhelmed," she said of graduation. "It's bittersweet and exciting, but scary."

University President Mark Huddleston said the Class of 2011 has come so far.

"Just four years ago, most of you were just out of high school," he said. "And most of you had no earthly idea what you wanted to do with your life. Your only concrete goal might have been to come to UNH. Then before you knew it, things started to change."

He said he saw the students study hard, volunteer and work in internships across the state.

"You are equipped with the best education the world has to offer," he said. "You are innovators, engaged citizens, problem solvers and entrepreneurial thinkers. You cultivate the best in yourselves, and those around you, in ways that make us all proud."

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