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Commencement 2015 News

Love Triumphs
Darlene Love sings her message at PC’s 97th Commencement Exercises.

Only One Choice
Impressed by his father’s work ethic, Alexander Acunzo ’15 settled upon PC at age 5.

A Triple Play
Andrew Sayer ’15 has three majors, two minors, and a prestigious national history prize.

Service to the Community
Gretta Schaaf ’15 dedicates four years to PC’s EXPLORE! program for high school students.

Persistence Pays Off
Precious Ansah ’15 begins a graduate program in social work the day after commencement.

Peer Perspective
Four members of the Class of 2015 are gratified by their experiences as academic tutors.

Renaissance Woman
Two-sport athlete Anna Russian heads to sociology doctorate program after PC.

'An Inspiration to All'
With her guide dog, Otis, Jessica Laurie ’15 completes a bachelor’s degree and an internship.

Fulbright honors
Two seniors, both Spanish scholars, will travel abroad with the help of prestigious Fulbright Awards.

One Honor, Two Paths
Co-valedictorians Joseph Day ’15 and Mason Sciotti ’15 find sharp contrasts in their post-PC plans.

Commencement Speaker
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love to give Commencement Address.

​Commencement Countdown


Kathleen Baer ‘79
Assistant Vice President for Engagement
(401) 865-2344

Deirdre Driscoll-Lemoine ‘98G
Director, College Events
(401) 865-2344

Cristina DeSilva ‘07G
Assistant Director, College Events
(401) 865-2829

Shannon O'Neill '10G
Assistant Director, Development Events
(401) 865-2804

Melissa Mangione
Event Production Coordinator
(401) 865-2995

Tara Baxter
Event Production Coordinator
(401) 865-1948

Danielle Gaboury
Event Production Coordinator
(401) 865-1091

For Media Inquiries Contact

Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community & Government
Re​lations Specialist
(401) 865-2413

Commencement 2016: May 15, 2016

Commencement 2015

Love triumphs at Providence College commencement


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Darlene Love made history at the Ninety-Seventh Commencement Exercises at Providence College on Sunday, May 17, 2015, concluding her Commencement Address by singing a portion of the gospel hymn “My Tribute (To God be the Glory)” to a standing ovation.


On the 40th anniversary of the first graduating class to include women, Love received an honorary doctor of music degree. During the ceremony, held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence, the College presented 1,156 diplomas to the Class of 2015 — 878 to undergraduates, 225 to students in graduate programs, and 48 to students in the School of Continuing Education (SCE).


Honorary degrees also were awarded to Dr. Henry C. Foley ’77, who majored in chemistry at PC and now is executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Missouri System; JaneLunin Perel, one of PC’s first female professors, co-founder of the Women’s Studies Program, and now professor emerita of English and women’s studies; and Kevin C. Phelan ’66, a Boston businessman, community leader, and former long-time PC trustee and benefactor.


Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., a Dominican priest credited with coining the term “liberation theology” to describe how Christians should respond to governments and social systems that oppress the poor, received his honorary degree on April 27, when he presented the Rev. Edward Cleary, O.P. Memorial Lecture at the College.

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