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Dr. Temple Grandin, autism advocate and scientist, to present College’s 96th Commencement Address

Dr. Temple Grandin, an advocate for people with autism and a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will present the Commencement Address at Providence College’s Ninety-Sixth Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 18.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

Grandin will be one of five honorary degree recipients at the ceremony. The others are Honorable Francis J. Darigan, Jr. ’64, a retired Rhode Island Superior Court judge; Raymond M. Murphy, an entrepreneur and philanthropist; Sister Margaret Ormond, O.P., prioress of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Peace; and Carolyn Rafaelian, founder, creative director, and interim CEO of Alex and Ani, LLC.

Grandin, a native of Boston, Mass., became a role model and source of inspiration for families of people with autism after she was featured by author and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks in his book, An Anthropologist on Mars (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996). Grandin, who has autism spectrum disorder, used the title phrase to describe herself and credits autism with providing her insights into animal behavior.

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(Photo by Rosalie Winard)


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