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 2017 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 student speaker was Brandon Langdon, 26, a student veteran and Middletown resident who served for six years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was discharged after suffering PTSD following an incident in which drug-runners ambushed his crew and his supervisor died in his arms. At CCRI, he discovered his passion for writing and will go on to pursue a four-year degree and career in the field.
"Some of our greatest achievements happen when we overcome our worst failures. I know each and every single one of you have had some form of adversity to overcome but it's your perseverance, mental toughness and sheer willpower that has brought you to this moment in life," he told his classmates.
Nominations should be completed by March 24, 2017.
Just a final reminder: Commencement will be held at 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
Thank you for your help.
Ronald L. Schertz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Services