photo of UNH Graduate School alum Jordan Bronner

Carsey School Celebrates 15 New Graduates

The Carsey School of Public Policy recently hooded 15 graduate students – including three from the inaugural Master’s in Public Policy program

Fifteen graduate students from The Carsey School of Public Policy were recently honored and hooded in June, including three students who were the first to graduate within a particular program.

Those three students – Sarah Garstka, Tracy Hardekopf, and Kennedy Nickerson - graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy degree. Garstka has been an intern for the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast; Hardekopf has worked with New Generation, a shelter for homeless women and their babies; and Nickerson has been an intern for a Massachusetts State Representative, working on the opioid crisis on Cape Cod.

photo of Track Hardekopf, graduate of the Master in Public Policy Degree

Master in Public Policy Graduate Tracy
Hardekopf (center) smiles as her family and Graduate
School Interim Dean Cari Moorhead hood her

Director Michael Ettlinger praised all of the graduates and their great accomplishments.

“We are immensely proud of our inaugural Master in Public Policy class, and as director of UNH’s newest school, it was a great day to send our students out into their future careers,” he said. “I know they’re ready, and I look forward to seeing them go out and make a difference.”

Twelve students also graduated with a Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice degree. The students in this particular program, which is in its seventh year, completed 66 community development projects around the world addressing social injustice issues such as homelessness, low income, vulnerable populations, health, education, and the environment.

The students who received this degree are Sarah Bates, Margaret Burke, Marissa Day, Boubacar Diallo, Lee Domeika, Damaris Gibaldi, Rachael Kreckmann, Mariah Mateo Sarpong, Kathryn Michalovic, Sarah E. Moeckel, Courtney Wright, and Clement Yombe.

—Author Kristen Melamed

For more information on the programs within the Carsey School of Public Policy, please visit the Carsey School of Public Policy website or call 603-862-2821.