BRISTOL, R.I. -- There’s nothing quite like a Commencement Day. Those of us in politics talk about the future all the time, but today I feel that it’s really right in front of us. What an honor it is to wish such a promising group of graduates well today. On behalf of the state, I am delighted to welcome you into the company of educated men and women. And I’m quite happy to say that the days when commencements were conducted in Latin have fallen by the wayside.
In the spirit of history, I’d like to quote the poet Horace, written in 23 B.C., and urge you to carpe diem, or seize this day. It belongs to you. You have dreamed of it. You have worked hard to make it happen and now it is here.
Roger Williams has been mentioned previously. The namesake of this exceptional university was himself a Latin speaker, and one of the most learned men in all of Colonial New England. Indeed his education formed him. It helped him become the person he was destined to be.
Bristol, R.I. – The weather may have started wet, but the sun broke through and Commencement celebrations among more than 6,000 graduates and guests were hardly dampened, as the 1,035 members of the Roger Williams University Class of 2014 culminated their college careers on Saturday at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.
In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates, RWU President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to two special guests: the Honorable Lincoln D. Chafee, the 74th governor of the State of Rhode Island; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
BRISTOL, R.I. – In celebration of the growing array of projects in which RWU students and faculty are partnering with civic and nonprofit organizations to improve quality of life in the State, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will address the Roger Williams University class of 2014 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17.
“Because so many of our Class of 2014 graduates have participated in project-based learning experiences across Rhode Island’s cities and towns, Governor Chafee’s participation in Commencement will be particularly meaningful,” says RWU President Donald J. Farish. “For me, it is simply an honor and a privilege to invite someone I admire and respect to join us on the Commencement platform to celebrate our students’ crowning achievement – graduation.”
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When the 10 students in ARCH 416.02, an architecture design studio that Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Bell titled Invisible City, began exploring the reactivation of the abandoned rail tunnel that runs under Providence’s East Side, little did they know their ideas might capture the interest of anyone beyond the RWU campus.
But on a Thursday afternoon in September – after Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee donned a hard hat, toured the 5,080 feet of the tunnel and noted that “with a little imagination and can-do attitude, I’m sure [the tunnel] could be serviceable again” – the Invisible City classroom assignment suddenly had a very real-world audience.
During his remarks to an audience of nearly 100 supporters of electric vehicles and other sustainability efforts, the Governor also announced that the State of Rhode Island will lead by example by transitioning the state’s fleet of vehicles to alternative fuel vehicles. Chafee directed Director of Administration Richard Licht to implement a process through which state agencies will use Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars to pay for the differential cost between an alternative fuel vehicle and a comparably sized gas-powered car.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee today announced a formal partnership between the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Roger Williams University to provide business support and other community revitalization efforts within the state’s core urban communities. The partnership was celebrated at a State House event today attended by Gov. Chafee, University President Donald J. Farish, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine and Paul McGreevy, special assistant to the governor at RIEDC.
“A key economic development priority of my administration is the revitalization of Rhode Island’s urban communities, especially our main streets in Providence, Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Central Falls and West Warwick,” Governor Chafee said. “By engaging our educational institutions, we can begin to more actively utilize the skills and expertise of the excellent educational institutions within Rhode Island and also tap into the bright minds of our students for the good of the state’s economy.”