May is the month of college graduations. It is a time of celebration and reflection, when students mark the end of one chapter in their lives begin their next great adventure. No matter their next pursuit, what they learned will serve them for the rest of their lives.
This year, I had the honor of speaking at commencement ceremonies at my alma mater, Rhode Island College, and Providence College. I reflected on my time in school and the excitement I felt when I received my degree. Those experiences, both in and out of the classroom, taught me valuable life lessons that still guide me to this day College is, ultimately, what you make of it, and these students have acquired the tools to achieve great things in the years ahead.
I also had the pleasure of attending Brown University’s Honorary Degree Reception where I met all of the recipients, including the legendary Robert De Niro! More importantly, I had the opportunity to attend a reception honoring the accomplishments of Terrie Fox Wetle, the founder of Brown’s School of Public Health. Although she has stepped down as Dean, her legacy will live on throughout the halls of Brown for years to come.
To the entire Class of 2017 across Rhode Island: I would like to offer my most sincere and heartfelt congratulations. The well-deserved degrees you received will continue to serve you well for the rest of your life!