Dear faculty and staff:
Following a tradition that began several years ago, the Commencement Committee seeks your help in suggesting the names of qualified students to be the 2018 student commencement speaker. Please nominate a prospective student speaker using the online form.
The committee will interview all qualified students, who will be asked to present their proposed message during the meeting. The committee will forward the names to President Meghan Hughes for her review and final selection.
Last year’s speaker was Jazmin Delacruz, who transferred to the University of Rhode Island through CCRI’s Joint Admissions Agreement program and plans to study psychology. She later will pursue a master’s degree in art therapy to work with children.
When faced with adversity, Delacruz said she and classmates chose to believe in themselves and continued work toward their goal.
“We are the authors of our own story. This is exemplified by the number of us sitting here today, despite the many obstacles we had to overcome,” she said.
Nominations should be completed by March 23, 2018.
Just a final reminder: Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 17, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.
Thank you for your help.
Ronald L. Schertz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Services