Providence, RI--May 13, 2017, Acting Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier gave remarks at the Rhode Island College advanced degree ceremony, held at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. With Council Chair Bill Foulkes, Board Chair Barbara Cottam, and members of the Council on Postsecondary Education in attendance, nearly 300 students received doctorates in education, master's degrees, and graduate certificates. The undergraduate ceremony took place earlier in the day.
Excerpts from Commissioner Dann Messier's remarks:
"Everyone here knows the value of a college degree—and we need your help and support to share the experiences you have had to students across the state. The hardest part of college shouldn’t be paying for it—and that’s why we’re hard at work in state government to lift some of that financial burden while expanding financial protections and literacy. We want to give future students greater peace of mind—and empower graduates like you so that student debt doesn’t keep anyone from putting food on the table, owning a home, or saving for retirement.
"We’re working with our educational leaders like President Sanchez to ensure that students’ academic and professional experiences earn them the credit they deserve. And we’re also working with employers to learn more about the skills they want in their employees so that our graduates can step right in to fulfilling careers.
"RIC is a leader in this work, as I’m sure many of you will agree. Your degree programs required you to be embedded in a workplace setting through a practicum, clinical, internship, student teaching placement, or other training. Those hands-on experiences have helped you learn your strengths and challenges and be ready for the next steps in your careers—and we’re working to give more Rhode Island students that leg up."
CCRI's commencement ceremony takes place on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
URI's commencement exercises begin on Friday, May 19, 2017 and continue through Sunday, May 21.