STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Fischer & Roche Graduate From Saint Anselm College

The announcement below is from Saint Anselm College:

MANCHESTER, NH — Saint Anselm College has released the list of graduates for the 2020-2021 school year. The in-person celebration of commencement marked the end of a year of COVDI restrictions.

The following Wilmington students graduated Saturday, May 5, 2021:

  • Alexander Fischer, Bachelor of Arts, English
  • Rose Roche, Bachelor of Science, Nursing

During Saint Anselm College’s 128th commencement exercises speaker and honorary degree recipient Edward A. Hjerpe III, Ph.D. (Class of 1981) addressed the members of the class of 2021, “Much has changed in the world in the last year… that’s a lot for any class to endure, but out of adversity comes resilience and out of challenges come opportunities. You are entering the post college world at an inflection point in many ways but you are resilient, you have endless opportunity and you will make the world a better place.”

Hjerpe is President and CEO of Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and spent many years in the banking and economics industry. He also served the community through many philanthropic endeavors including as chair of the college’s Board of Trustees.

About Saint Anselm College

Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire, near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts and nursing programs, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, a highly successful nursing program, and a legacy of community service and a commitment to the arts. For more information, visit

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