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Providence College Commencement 2014
Honorary Degree Citations


Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Through your inspiring presence and your scholarly work, you personify the undeniable truth that our society is strongest when we embrace the differences among us.

As an outspoken and effective advocate for those with autism, you have provided invaluable insights while modeling the kind of productive, fulfilling existence that you prove to be possible for those who face the challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder.

At the same time, your innovative and groundbreaking work as a scientist, researcher, and teacher has led to improved and more humane animal handling techniques, which rely on behavior management over force.

For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents Temple Grandin as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science and requests you to confer upon her this degree together with all its rights and privileges.

 

Hon. Francis J. Darigan, Jr., J.D. ‘64
Over the course of decades serving the public, you have distinguished yourself among your peers by your dignity, your commitment, and your steadfast integrity. In a career including military service, success in business, the private practice of the law, politics, and most notably, meritorious service as a District Court and Superior Court judge, you have met the highest of professional and personal standards.

You are known among the Providence College community for your unshakable commitment to supporting and advancing your alma mater, reflecting its fundamental ideals in all you do, including your laudable support of the Church and causes that benefit those in need.

For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents Francis J. Darigan as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws and requests you to confer upon him this degree together with all its rights and privileges.

 

Raymond M. Murphy
The qualities that characterize your success include benevolence, charity, and selflessness, all in uncommon measure and worthy of the admiration of all who know of your work, both professional and charitable.

While your Providence College studies were interrupted so you could serve our country during a time of war, you have continued to exemplify all that is good and true about this institution and those who embrace its values. Known for honorable business practices and virtuous community service, you have set an example for others to follow. You have empowered countless people through your philanthropy, improving the lives of so many who might otherwise suffer the indignities of poverty and marginalization.

For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents Raymond M. Murphy as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Bachelor of Arts and requests you to confer upon him this degree together with all its rights and privileges.

 

Sister Margaret Ormond, O.P.
Your faithful devotion to Dominican ideology and ideals has inspired generations of religious and lay persons touched by your teaching, ministry, and example. As an acknowledged and admired leader among Dominican women over the course of your extraordinary career and ministry, you have had an immense impact on the Order and the lives of so many who have followed the call to religious life.

You emulate the example of St. Dominic through your own evangelization and service to the poorest among us, both in this country and around the world. Providence College is one of the many institutions to have benefited from your wise and inspirational leadership.

For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents Sister Margaret Ormond as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Religious Education and requests you to confer upon her this degree together with all its rights and privileges.

 

Carolyn Rafaelian
Rhode Island’s jewelry industry, central to our state’s economy and way of life since the late 18th century, remains vital and vibrant today thanks, in no small measure, to your vision, passion, and creativity.

With your family’s legacy as foundation, you have created and nurtured the thriving Alex and Ani consumer brand, well known and well respected around the world. This remarkable success story is built upon your business acumen and your entrepreneurial spirit. The value system inherent in your business practices, including commitment to environmental sustainability, to charitable good works, and to positive living, exemplify the ideals and values of Providence College.

For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents Carolyn Rafaelian as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities and requests you to confer upon her this degree together with all its rights and privileges. 

 
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