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Mount Washington College Celebrates More Than 500 Graduates at its 113th Commencement

May. 18, 2014

Lance J. Richards of Kelly Services delivered the keynote address

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE (May 18, 2014) —  Mount Washington College, formerly Hesser College, today held its 113th commencement ceremony celebrating the academic achievements of more than 500 graduates. The graduation took place at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

As the keynote speaker, Lance J. Richards, Vice President, Innovation for global workforce solutions provider Kelly Services, addressed the students and described the shift from a knowledge economy to a collaboration economy, requiring new skills and behaviors.

“In a knowledge economy, the only differentiator you have is, in fact, knowledge,” Mr. Richards told the graduates. “As a result, education has become the critical, defining component to any economic infrastructure.”

Richards has over 30 years of HR experience, with the last 20 years focused on Global Human Resources. As a visiting professor at Sasin Graduate School in Bangkok, he developed and teaches their MBA coursework in Global Human Capital. He is co-author of The Leadership Deficitand Don’t Manage Me, #understandme. Richards’ most recent book Talentomics received acclaim for its review of the economics of talent, and the metatrends shaping the world of work.

About Mount Washington College

Re-imagining online higher education for career-focused, self-motivated students of all ages, Mount Washington College offers a performance-driven online learning platform that is more affordable, flexible and measurable and in sync with today’s workforce demands. Formerly Hesser College (founded in 1900), Mount Washington College also serves students through its main ground campus in Manchester, NH and at two instructional locations across southern New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.MountWashington.edu

Mount Washington College is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status of Mount Washington College should be directed to tslover@mountwashington.edu or to cihe@neasc.org. Mount Washington College is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC, which is owned by Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan Higher Education LLC serves approximately 60,000 students online and through approximately 56 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education institutions offer a broad spectrum of academic programs and award associate, bachelor and master degrees in addition to professional certificates and diplomas. Kaplan University offers doctoral-level programs in law and nursing.

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