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​​2012 Commencement Honorary Degree Citations

 

             Viola Davis

viola.jpgYour transcendent performance in the 2011 film The Help gained international acclaim and prestigious recognition, amplifying the achievements of a remarkable career that places you among the most accomplished artists the state of Rhode Island has ever produced.

Versatility and steadfast commitment to your craft have brought a record of accomplishment on stage and screen. Your passion and talent have carried you from the humblest of beginnings to hard-earned success and fame.  Known for your rare talent and uncommon perseverance, you have thrived in the most competitive and demanding environments, earning widespread accolades and universal respect.

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

Photo Credit: Art Streiber/AUGUST

 

   

        Charles J. Goetz '61

goetz.jpgYou are a prolific and innovative scholar whose pioneering work in Law and Economics has fundamentally transformed that field of academic inquiry. An inspiring teacher, a prolific researcher, and a dedicated public servant, you personify the commendable characteristics of a professor committed to the advancement of knowledge.

Self-taught in the law, you have become a trusted expert whose insights have helped shape legal convention while enhancing public understanding of numerous critical  issues affecting a broad cross-section of society. Your impact is both extensive and meaningful, owing to your remarkable intellectual insight and insatiable curiosity about your chosen field of study.

For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents Charles J. Goetz 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.

 

  

Catherine “Cammi” Granato '93

cammie.jpgYou are a role model who has inspired many, especially girls and young women, who dream of competing at the highest levels of sport. Unfazed by the scarcity of opportunity for female ice hockey players, you rose to the highest level of accomplishment, earning singular recognition as the finest player the United States has ever produced.

A fierce competitor and passionate ambassador for your chosen sport, you exemplify the most laudable qualities of a leader, role model, and athlete. As an advocate for women in sport, you are helping to create opportunities for countless athletes who aspire to follow in your footsteps.

For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents Catherine “Cammi” Granato 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.

 

 

    Paul A. Kearney, M.D. '75

paulkearn.jpgA skilled surgeon and compassionate healer, you have made it your life’s work to make well the sick while developing the new knowledge that advances the medical profession’s ability to improve lives. An innovative clinician and a groundbreaking research scientist, you are applying your immense proficiency and energy to the noble cause of better medical treatment for the grievously sick and injured.

Your empathy and skill are characteristic of the most exemplary and virtuous physicians, and your impact on individuals and families is beyond measure. Your boundless capacity for healing, exemplified by your volunteer service in support of the needy and uninsured, reflects the highest values of the medical profession.

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

 

 

 Patrick J.A. Moynihan '99G

Moynihan.jpgThrough selfless service to the least of our brothers and sisters, you are a living embodiment of God’s love and Christian ideals. Intrepid and resolute, you have overcome difficult circumstances to provide remarkable opportunity to some of Haiti’s most gifted – yet indescribably poor -- children.

Your commitment to empowerment through education is making a meaningful difference in Haiti as it struggles to rebuild from the devastation of 2010, with hopes of emerging stronger and more prosperous. Your generous spirit and dedication to serving others reflect the highest ideals of our college community, which assigns the highest of values to those attributes.

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

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