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Providence College 2012 Commencement Press Kit

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Release Date: 5/18/2012
Pride, Gratitude Define Legacy Students in Class of 2012

legacycombinedWEBsmall.jpgProvidence, R.I. - As a child, Hannah J. Hughes ’12 (Fairfield, Conn.) recalls hearing plenty of stories from her parents, James M. Hughes, Esq. ’73 and Christine M. Hughes ’75, about their undergraduate days at Providence College. Her parents told her how they met at PC, how her father proposed to her mother in Aquinas Hall, and how her mother had her bridal shower in Aquinas.


Release Date: 5/18/2012
Lives of Meaning and Purpose: Twins Max and Nick Widmer ’12 ‘Brought Joy’ to Endeavors

widmer-twins.jpgProvidence, R.I. - After sharing a bedroom at home for 17 years, identical twins Max and Nick Widmer ’12 (Huntington, N.Y.), the oldest of six, didn’t plan to attend the same college. But after a tour, they “had a certain feeling” Providence College was the place for each of them.





Release Date: 5/17/2012
Lives of Meaning and Purpose: A Decade in the Making, Persistence brings Degrees to School of Continuing Education Students

AnaMarinWheelercombinedWEB.jpgProvidence, R.I. - A bachelor’s degree is an even greater accomplishment when it takes a decade to achieve. For Ashley Wheeler ’12SCE, the journey took almost 10 years. For Ana Marin ’12SCE, it was 12. The Providence College School of Continuing Education students both completed their studies while working full-time jobs — Wheeler in Providence, Marin in Boston. Marin did it while shepherding two children through high school and college. Both women were determined not only to obtain degrees, but to make sure those degrees were from PC.



Release Date: 5/16/2012
Lives of Meaning and Purpose: A Helping Hand: Dedicated Peer Tutors Leave Lasting Imprint


Providence, R.I. - Time after time, they answered the call for help. When their fellow students needed extra help with a research paper, studying for an exam, or understanding a classroom lesson, peer tutors in the Office of Academic Services (OAS) and the Writing Center have steadfastly been there to encourage and bolster writing and study skills.



Release Date: 5/15/2012
Lives of Meaning and Purpose: Providence College Senior Determined to Take Lessons, Leadership Home to Botswana

Maruping.jpgProvidence, R.I. - Mo Maruping ’12 (Orapa, Botswana) started preparing for his future career soon after he arrived at Providence College.  He met with the Office of Career Services during his freshman year, identified mentors among the student body and the professional staff, and took on internships in addition to his work experience as a resident assistant.







Release Date: 5/14/2012
Providence College Community Service Initiatives

fuspic.jpgProvidence, R.I. - Providence College students annually volunteer nearly 60,000 hours at more than 200 community agencies, schools, and other non-profit sites in Greater Providence.




Release Date: 5/14/2012

Providence College Class of 2012 Profile


Release Date: 5/14/2012
Lives of Meaning and Purpose: Horn, Kreczko Give Inner-City Youths a Voice 

chris-horn.jpgProvidence, R.I. - Thanks to Christopher Horn ’12 (West Simsbury, Conn.) and Benjamin Kreczko ’12 (Weatogue, Conn.), “Dru,” “Halo,” “Trey,” and “Adonis Da Don,” inner-city youths from Rhode Island, have found their voices as hip hop artists.





Release Date: 5/14/2012
Providence College Seniors Share Top Honors

Two members of the Class of 2012 who followed very different scholarly paths are tied for highest academic honors at Providence College.

ComboWahlWright.jpgProvidence, R.I. - Michael A. Wahl ’12 (West Warwick, R.I.), a theology and mathematics double major, and Emma Wright ’12 (Lake Hill, N.Y.), a history major with minors in French and German, will prepare an address to students that Wahl will deliver at the Academic Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 19. The two members of the Liberal Arts Honors Program have earned summa cum laude honors and received straight As, with a 4.0 grade point average, for their entire academic careers.


Wright.jpgProvidence, R.I. – Emma Wright ’12 (Lake Hill, N.Y.), a history major, with minors in French and German at Providence College, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship that will combine her passions for international travel and sustainable food policy in Germany.




Release Date: 3/28/2012
Award-Winning Actress and Rhode Island Native Viola Davis Will Deliver Providence College Commencement Address on Sunday, May 20, 2012

 viola.jpgProvidence, R.I. – Viola Davis, a critically revered actress of film, television and theater, will receive an honorary doctorate in fine arts and present the Commencement Address at Providence College’s Ninety-Fourth Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 20, 2012. The ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Square, Providence, R.I.





 Photo Credit: Art Streiber/AUGUST 

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