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Governor Chafee to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address

Governor’s address to graduates reflects growing RWU emphasis on community projects; trailblazing New York judge Judith S. Kaye to deliver law school address
Photo by: Julie Brigidi

BRISTOL, R.I.  – In celebration of the growing array of projects in which RWU students and faculty are partnering with civic and nonprofit organizations to improve quality of life in the State, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will address the Roger Williams University class of 2014 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17.

“Because so many of our Class of 2014 graduates have participated in project-based learning experiences across Rhode Island’s cities and towns, Governor Chafee’s participation in Commencement will be particularly meaningful,” says RWU President Donald J. Farish. “For me, it is simply an honor and a privilege to invite someone I admire and respect to join us on the Commencement platform to celebrate our students’ crowning achievement – graduation.”

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the University’s main athletic field on the Bristol Campus at One Old Ferry Road. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin – writer of The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals, among other bestsellers – will also be awarded an honorary degree.

A day earlier, the Honorable Judith S. Kaye – the trailblazing Chief Judge of New York and of the Court of Appeals, now with the Skadden firm – will deliver the Commencement address and earn an honorary degree at the Roger Williams University School of Law ceremony.

The law school ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 16, also on the University’s main athletic field. During the ceremony, the School of Law will also present honorary degrees to Associate Justice Robert D. Krause of the Rhode Island Superior Court; and Rhode Island Legal Services Executive Director Robert Barge, Esq.