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University Welcomes 1,200 New Students at Convocation 2014

August 18, 2014

Bristol, R.I. – On Saturday, Aug. 23, more than 1,200 new students will mark the official beginning of their academic journey at Roger Williams University at the 2014 Convocation ceremony, an annual rite of passage for each year’s entering class that serves as a formal welcoming for new students and their families to the campus community.

The ceremony will kick off at 2 p.m. with a processional march led by Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band and followed by the national anthem performed by Drastic Measures, an all-student a cappella group. New students and their families will be greeted by fellow students as well as the University staff and faculty including the University president, provost and Student Senate president.

With all students dressed in regalia, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Eisinger will lead them in reciting the University’s Pledge of Academic Integrity, in which students promise to challenge each other, conduct themselves honorably and assist one another as they live and work together in mutual support.

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Community Connections Celebrates 10 Years

August 19, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Monday, Aug. 25, some 1,400 students, faculty and staff from Roger Williams University will lead the 10th Annual Community Connections day – the largest service program in the region – in which teams will work together with 56 local nonprofits on projects that range from cleaning local parks to running bingo at senior centers, and creating art projects with developmentally disabled adults.

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10 on Tuesday: 'Basketball Junkie' Chris Herren Schools Freshmen on Dangers of Substance Abuse

September 2, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Former NBA guard Chris Herren didn’t have to travel far to get to the Roger Williams University Recreation Center where he took the stage amid thunderous applause from more than 1,000 freshmen. But the Fall River, Mass., native and Portsmouth, R.I., resident’s journey was a much longer and far more tumultuous than the scenic drive over the Mount Hope Bridge.

As part of the Weeks of Welcome series that initiates new students into the RWU community, Herren came to the University by way of the Roger Williams HAWEs (Health and Wellness Educators) and The Herren Project – a nonprofit that educates about the dangers of substance abuse with a focus on treatment navigation, educational initiatives, mentoring and public awareness – to share what he calls, “my nightmare.”

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Live@RWU Presents the Johnny O'Neal Trio

After an early career playing gospel piano in churches near his native Detroit, Johnny O’Neal began a lifelong exploration of jazz in 1976. In the early 1980s, he burst onto New York City’s jazz scene with such touch, unparalleled command of tunes and love of performing that he’s still the hottest ticket today.

As a pianist and vocalist, O’Neal’s credits have included Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson and Milt Jackson, among others. In 2004, he landed the role of the illustrious Art Tatum in the blockbuster movie Ray. Fresh on the heels of “Live at Smalls,” his most recent album, O’Neal takes the stage at Roger Williams University in an intimate performance not to miss.

Ticketing Information

Free and Open to the Public with a Ticket, but Seating is Limited

Please note that individual registrations must be submitted for every event attendee. If there is more than one person in your group, please submit the registration form multiple times, as needed, with information for each attendee.

ABC6 Gubernatorial Debate 2014 at Roger Williams University - Sponsored by Cox Communications

Doors open at 4:00 pm and close at 6:30 pm. No entry permitted after 6:30 pm. Event starts promptly as 7:00 pm.

One week after Rhode Island’s primary elections, WLNE-TV ABC 6 will hold and televise the first gubernatorial debate featuring the final candidates, with the Roger Williams University campus in Bristol as host and Cox Communications as the presenting sponsor. The event will be open to both the RWU community and the general public.

Advance registration is required for all attendees. Registration details:

Registration must be completed, in advance, via the web forms below.

Individual registrations must be submitted for every event attendee. If there is more than one person in your group, please submit the registration form multiple times, as needed, with information for each attendee.