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Commencement news and announcements.

Ken Morrison

Graduate Commencement Speaker

More than 700 students will receive their master’s or doctoral degrees at the Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17. During the ceremony they will also receive insights into the state of graduate education worldwide from scholar J. Kent Morrison. Morrison is past-president of Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn. and former dean of URI’s Graduate School. […]

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Paul Knott

Student Speaker

Paul Knott says he enrolled at the University as a worried and confused freshman, uncertain that going to college so close to his home in Saunderstown was the right choice. Now as he gets ready to graduate on May 18, he thanks URI for transforming him into a confident, motivated, and involved senior who has […]

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Plans for Safe, Enjoyable Ceremonies

To prepare for the big day when The University of Rhode Island bids farewell to more than 3,000 graduating seniors, the University has formalized plans to ensure that the ceremonies will be safe, smooth and enjoyable for the large number of guests expected. On Sunday, May 18, from about 8:30 a.m. until after 5 p.m., […]

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Honorary Degrees

When the University of Rhode Island celebrates the achievements of its students on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, it will also salute the accomplishments of four distinguished citizens and honor their unique contributions to the University, the people of the State of Rhode Island, and the nation. The University will confer four honorary […]

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Commencement Speaker

Nearly 20,000 guests will gather for the University of Rhode Island’s 128th Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 18, and will hear from one person whose transformative words were a part of the ceremony to inaugurate President Barack Obama, the Poet Richard Blanco. Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet in this nation’s history, has been invited as […]


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