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Student Commencement Speaker

Call for Nominations

Dr. Ronald SchertzA message from Ron Schertz, associate vice president for Student Services

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 2015 student commencement speaker. Please nominate a prospective student speaker using the form available below. The committee will interview all qualified students and will forward the names to President Di Pasquale for his review and final selection.

Complete the online form.

Last year’s student speaker, Chad McFarlane, a student veteran and Providence resident, spoke about the changes he has seen in himself from the time he started attending the college in 2010, when feelings of self-doubt echoed in his head and told him he shouldn't be here. But now, he said, he hears a different chorus, and it says, "you belong here."

He told his fellow graduates, “I bet each and every person in here has experienced adversity on the road to this point. Whether it’s the 18-year-old working two jobs trying to figure out how to pay for school; the single parent balancing dinner, diapers and class work; or the 57-year-old student veteran coming back into classroom after 30 years, you know a challenge when you see one. My own life has seen a few twists and turns up to this point, from a low of living in my car wondering if I would even graduate high school; to serving two tours in Baghdad; delivering mail in the USPS; to ultimately walking across this very stage with my fellow classmates,” he continued. Through all these chapters of my life thus far, like you, I have endured, persevered.”

Nominations should be completed by March 27, 2015.

Just a final reminder: Commencement will be held at 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Thank you for your help.


Ronald L. Schertz, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Services
Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886

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