1,153 Degrees Awarded at the 93rd Commencement Exercises

<< Back

1,153 Degrees Awarded at the 93rd Commencement Exercises

Class of 2011 Exhorted to Lead Exemplary Lives
Members of the Providence College Class of 2011 were encouraged to lead lives full of hard work, meaning, and truth during the College's Ninety-Third Commencement Exercises on May 15 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

In all, the College awarded 1,135 degrees--906 baccalaureate, 184 graduate, 38 from the School of Continuing Education, and seven honorary--including bestowing the first honorary bachelor's degrees in school history on two World War II veterans.

Graduating seniors in the Class of 2011 distinguished themselves in numerous categories:
•    645 were named to honor societies, and 259 of these earned either summa cum laude (45), magna cum laude (92), or cum laude (122) honors;
•    288 engaged in student government/leadership positions;
•    188 spent time studying abroad;
•    67% participated in internships;
•    117 were participants in the Liberal Arts Honors Program; and
•    87 shared a legacy tradition of having one or both parents graduate from PC.

The Class of 2011 also distinguished itself by setting a participation rate record in the Senior Giving Program. The 60% participation rate bested the previous mark of 58% by the Class of 2010. To date, the Class of 2011 campaign has raised more than $35,000.

The members of the Class of 2011 include seven distinguished individuals who were awarded honorary degrees by PC. Two of these, George Fisher and Paul V. Salley, were presented the first honorary bachelor's degrees in College history for serving in the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at PC during World War II. Honorary degrees also were bestowed upon John D. Ratzenberger,
William J. Christie '61, David A. Duffy '61, Dr. Stephen B. Fawcett '69, and John J. Partridge, Esq. '61.

Read full PC Now story by clicking here.

Road to Success Paved by Responsibility, Hard Work
Harkening back to his early years as a laborer, John Ratzenberger '11Hon. told more than 1,100 members of the Providence College Class of 2011 that hard work and a sturdy moral compass can carry them to success in whatever they do.
Ratzenberger told the assembled that a character--Natty Bumppo--in James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel The Last of the Mohicans served as an inspirational figure in his life.

"I've fashioned my life using him as a template," he said. "He had a moral compass. He knew the difference between right and wrong."

After studying English in college, Ratzenberger said early jobs as a deckhand and construction worker showed him the value of work and of building various skill sets.

During one of those early construction jobs, Ratzenberger said veteran workers forced him to prove himself by having him perform the most arduous duties and by playing pranks on him--namely, by nailing the boots he was wearing at the time to the rafters.

"I knew instantly that was necessary for them to test my mettle," he said.

He added, "I always have been a fan of the Judaeo-Christian ethic that you don't have to be Jewish or Christian to follow: Be responsible for yourself and the family you create and let your work speak for you."

Read full PC Now story by clicking here.

Commencement video coverage

Click here to view video of the entire Commencement 2011 program.

Providence College  1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918-0001, USA    
T 401-865-2414        alumni@providence.edu