Three residents of the Chathams earned their bachelors degrees from Providence College this year.
Providence held their 94th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Over 900 students received their undergraduate diplomas that day, including:
- Joseph Barresi, a resident of Chatham who received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics/Secondary Education.
- Terence Ryan, a resident of Chatham who received a bachelor's degree in History.
- Kristen Winschuh, a resident of Chatham who received a bachelor's degree in Marketing.
Barresi and Winschuh were also named to the spring 2012 semester Dean's List. To qualify for Providence College's Dean's List, students must achieve at least a 3.55 grade point average with a minimum of 12 credits.
The commencement address was delivered by Viola Davis, who received an honorary doctorate in fine arts. Davis is a native of Rhode Island and a critically revered actress of film, television and theater. She won the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award for "Best Actress" and was a nominee in the same category for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Aibileen Clark in the award-winning film, "The Help."
Four other distinguished individuals, all PC alumni, received honorary degrees from the College. They are: Dr. Charles J. Goetz '61, Catherine "Cammi" Granato '93, Dr. Paul A. Kearney, Jr. '75, and Deacon Patrick Moynihan '99G.
Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of about 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors.