Thirteen years after she crossed the Dunkin’ Donuts Center stage to receive an MBA degree from Providence College, Heather G. Abbott ’03G & '16Hon. returned as the featured speaker at Providence College’s Ninety-Eighth Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 15, 2016, to share how she overcame the loss of her leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
“Life is a carnival of contrasts,” said Abbott. “There are so many wonderful moments, like college graduations. Yet there are also disappointments and setbacks, the moments that force us to persevere. Sometimes we can see them coming — a failed test, a divorce in our family, a missed job opportunity. And sometimes we can’t — an unexpected health diagnosis, a car accident — or, in my case, a bomb.” Read more
Media coverage of PC's Ninety-eighth Commencement Exercises:
• Art history and English double major PATRICIA KRUPINSKI ’16 will graduate from PC having taken advantage of all the academic, spiritual, and student life experiences presented to her.
• U.S. Air Force veteran
RACQUEL RAY ’16SCE, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the PC School of Continuing Education in just seven semesters, is a mother who is pursuing her dream of becoming an Episcopal priest.
• Not only do top scholars
MEGHAN C. LESCAULT ’16, REBECCA MARISSEAU ’16, and CAYLA STIFLER ’16 share the highest academic rank in their class and GPAs of 3.99, they each have been accepted into Ph.D. programs.
• His lifelong challenge with Pelizaeus–Merzbacher disease hasn't deterred
FRANCISCO "CISCO" OLLER ’16 from remaining upbeat and making the most of his PC education. Students have embraced his motivational messages and admired the ways he has served the College community.
• MATTHEW HENRY SMITH ’16, a Newman Civic Fellow, finds satisfaction in starting “some fabulous conversations on campus” and encouraging consensus building.
• ROTC cadet JOHN D. JOVAN, III ’16, a national Legion of Valor recipient, will graduate with summa cum laude honors and will serve with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.
KELLEY GARLAND ’16 and ABBEY GUERINO ’16 will return to their study abroad destinations this summer as recipients of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. They will travel to the Czech Republic and Spain.
IMAGES: Krupinski, top right; Smith, above
Heather Abbott ’03G, whose injuries in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing led her to establish a foundation to help amputees obtain
prostheses, will present the Commencement Address at Providence College’s Ninety-Eighth Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.
Abbott is one of five honorary degree recipients. The others are
Robert W. Fiondella, Esq. ’64, a civic leader, philanthropist, and retired chair of The Phoenix Companies, Inc., a financial services and insurance company;
Timothy P. Flanigan, M.D., a professor of medicine at Brown University who treated Ebola patients in Liberia;
Rose Ella Weaver, an actor, singer, playwright, and teacher; and
George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival. Read More