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Rhode Island College, Office of College Communications and Marketing, News Release

Contact: Laura Meade Kirk (401) 456-8964

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rhode Island College awards undergraduate degrees to 1,400 students during the 159th commencement exercise on Saturday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island College will award undergraduate degrees to 1,400 students during the 159th commencement exercise on Saturday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m.

Marie Petrarca, an ardent supporter of the arts community in Rhode Island, will deliver the commencement address.

Honorary degree recipients include Marie Elizabeth Petrarca, Robert Horace Petrarca and Henry Lesieur.

Honored guests include RIC President Nancy Carriuolo, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman James R. Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, North Providence Mayor Charles A. Lombardi and state Board of Education Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso.

By the numbers:

Rhode Island College’s 159th Commencement Exercises

Total graduates: 1,400

Total degrees awarded: 1,535

Students graduating with honors: 663 -- cum laude, 398; magna cum laude: 180; summa cum laude: 85

The Rhode Island College commencement ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the campus quad of Rhode Island College.