Commencement Week ceremonies schedule and information
In celebration of Rivier’s 82nd Commencement and its
mission to transform the world, Rivier University is
honored to award Peter Kelleher, President and CEO of Harbor Homes and the Partnership
for Successful Living, an honorary doctor of humane letters at its Commencement
Ceremony on May 6.
“As we celebrate our 82nd Commencement, it is
appropriate to honor an individual who has, through his life’s work,
exemplified Rivier’s mission,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “Mr.
Kelleher’s commitment, which recognizes the dignity of the human person, is practically
applied through the multiple services offered by Harbor Homes and member
Mr. Kelleher will serve as the University’s Commencement speaker and
will be recognized for his humanitarian work as an advocate for the needs of
low-income community members, veterans, and other vulnerable populations. Celebrating
35 years of service, he oversees six non-profit agencies offering
more than 80 programs in the state that provide access to housing, healthcare,
education, and employment to those challenged by mental illness, substance
abuse or homelessness. These non-profit agencies include Harbor Homes, Healthy
at Home, Keystone Hall, Milford Regional Counseling Services, Southern NH
HIV/AIDS Task Force, and the Training Institute at Welcoming Light.
In addition to
recognizing Mr. Kelleher, Rivier will also celebrate the graduation of the
first recipients of its Doctor of Psychology program in Counseling and School
Psychology. This terminal degree allows graduates to obtain licensure for
independent practice and pursue careers as psychologists and school
psychologists in a variety of settings. Rivier University was the first
institution in New Hampshire to offer a combined doctoral program in counseling
and school psychology, and is one of only several similar programs in the
Mr. Kelleher serves as a living example of Rivier’s mission to transform
hearts and minds to serve the world; a mission that is demonstrated through
Rivier’s academic programs in nursing, public health, education, counseling, psychology,
and others. Rivier will embark on a new, impactful partnership this fall with
St. Joseph Hospital to develop and staff a mobile health clinic providing
medical and dental services to those most in need in the Greater Nashua area. Rivier
supports its community partnerhips through many service projects conducted
throughout the local area and beyond as well as its annual Day of Service.
Honored for his contributions to the community, Mr.
Kelleher has received numerous awards including the NH Business Review Excellence in Nonprofit Award and recognition as
the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year by The
Telegraph. In 2015, he was nominated by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and
subsequently appointed as the New England representative to the Department of
Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans. In this role, he
advises the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on veteran
homelessness issues on a federal level. He also serves as board member of the
National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Mr. Kelleher holds a master’s in
social work from Simmons College School of Social Work and a bachelor’s in
psychology from Clark University.
Rivier’s Commencement ceremony will take place at the
Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m.