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
- Sept. 15 – Fall Golf Classic
- Sept. 24 – Time capsule burial
- Nov. 4-25 – Alumni art exhibition
- Nov. 12 – CCRI Day
- Nov. 21 – Bobby Hackett Theater rededication celebration
- March 26 – Alumni event: "Celebrating Alumni for 50 years"
- Apr. 10 – "Miracle on Promenade" premiere
- Apr. 11 – CCRI 5K run/walk
- Date TBA – Tree planting
- May 15 – Commencement
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
CCRI celebrated its 64,000 alumni at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston on March 26. The college honored 26 distinguished alumni who have achieved success in their chosen fields and brought honor upon themselves and the Community College of Rhode Island. The evening included dinner and entertainment by renowned singer and guitarist Livingston Taylor. Approximately 650 faculty, staff, alumni and friends attended, making the event the largest in the college's history.
The premiere of "Miracle on Promenade," a one-hour documentary film detailing the early years of Rhode Island's community college on Promenade Street through the opening of the Lincoln campus, was shown on Professional Development Day in the Bobby Hackett Theater. Nearly 100 attended the opening and viewed vintage footage and interviews as the story of CCRI's beginnings was captured on film.
CCRI hosted the college's first 5K run/walk at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. More than 300 runners and walkers took part on the college's 3.1 mile course, prizes were awarded for men's and women's first, second and third place finishers and a kid's 1K race was also held.
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.
CCRI and President Ray Di Pasquale celebrated the college's 50th commencement by recognizing the first graduating class at the Vincent A. Cullen Field House at the Knight Campus. CCRI awarded 1,856 associate degrees and certificates and Bill Flanagan Jr., son of the college's first president, delivered the keynote speech, while student speaker Elizabeth Husted and a number of dignitaries also addressed the graduates.