Listed below are confirmed events for CCRI’s 50th anniversary celebration. More listings will be added as we receive them and details will be added as they are decided. Check back for updates.
Aug. 28 - Opening Day convocation
Faculty and staff were invited to join us in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick as President Ray Di Pasquale kicked off the college’s 50th anniversary with a special speaker and a commemorative gift for all who attended.
Sept. 15 – Fall Golf Classic
The 20th annual Fall Classic was bigger and better than ever. This year, a full flight of golfers and sponsors enjoyed the course and beautiful weather and 165 golfers and guests attended dinner at Alpine Country Club in Cranston. Former Friars and Celtics, Kevin Stacom and Ernie DiGregorio, Channel 10 meterologist Mark Searles and CBS sideline reporter Jenny Dell entertained the crowd. The Classic saw a record number of golfers, dinner guests and dollars raised.
Sept. 24 – Time capsule burial
The college gathered small items and written remembrances from students, faculty, staff and alumni and buried a time capsule on the Knight Campus in Warwick to commemorate the opening of the college on Sept. 24, 1964. The capsule is scheduled to be unearthed in 50 years. A crowd of approximately 100 were welcomed by President Ray Di Pasquale and Sondra Pitts '66.
Nov. 4-25 – Alumni art exhibition
This exhibition features work by former CCRI students who have gone on to become practicing artists in Rhode Island and beyond. Reception: Nov. 5, 4-7 p.m. in the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery in Lincoln, room 1527. [Learn more]
Nov. 12 – CCRI Day
Rhode Island celebrated CCRI Day on Nov. 12 in honor of the college's 50th anniversary. Bells rang at city and town halls across the state as the state's only community college was honored. A short ceremony at the State House at noon saw Governor Chafee issue a proclamation and President Di Pasquale, Commissioner of Postsecondary Education Jim Purcell, Board of Education Chairwoman Eva Marie Mancuso, Chairperson of the Rhode Island Council on PostSecondary Education Michael Bernstein, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena and alumna Sondra Pitts '66 spoke.
Nov. 21 – Bobby Hackett Theater rededication celebration
The college rededicated the refurbished Bobby Hackett Theater with an evening celebrating its talented performers in “50 Years of Performing Arts at CCRI.” Several of Hackett’s family members, including his granddaughter, grandson, niece, great-grandchildren and even his 8-month-old great-great grandson, were in attendance. Featured performances included aerial silk acrobat and alumna Jamie Glowacki, Performing Arts Department students, faculty and alumni staging scenes from plays performed through the decades and musical entertainment from the cast of “Hello Broadway 2014.” Local rhythm and blues band Steve Smith and the Nakeds served as house band and, after the show, Bruce Kalvert ’76 entertained the crowd with close-up magic tricks and attendees enjoyed posing with living statues of Mozart and Shakespeare during a reception in the Knight Campus’ Great Hall.
March 26 – Alumni event: "Celebrating Alumni for 50 years"
CCRI will celebrate its 64,000 alumni at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. The college will honor distinguished alumni who have achieved success in their chosen fields and have brought honor upon themselves and the Community College of Rhode Island. The evening will include dinner and entertainment by renowned singer and guitarist Livingston Taylor.
Apr. 10 – "Miracle on Promenade" premiere
Join us on Professional Development Day in the Bobby Hackett Theater for the premiere of "Miracle on Promenade", a documentary film detailing the early years of Rhode Island's community college on Promenade Street, through the opening of the Lincoln campus.
Apr. 11 – CCRI 5K run/walk
CCRI will host the college’s first 5K run/walk at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
Date TBA – Tree planting
The college will plant 50 trees on its four campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport. Dignitaries will be invited for this special campus beautification event.
May 15 – Commencement
CCRI and President Ray Di Pasquale will celebrate the college’s 50th commencement with a special keynote speaker and recognition of the first graduating class at the Vincent A. Cullen Field House at the Knight Campus.