graduation http://ripr.org en Thousands of College Students Graduate Over the Weekend http://ripr.org/post/thousands-college-students-graduate-over-weekend <p>Rhode Island is teeming with freshly minted college graduates this morning. Over the weekend, commencement ceremonies were held at all three public colleges, as well as Johnson &amp;Wales, Roger Williams University, Bryant University, Salve Regina University and Providence College.</p><p>At Rhode Island College a flash mob formed at the end of the ceremony.&nbsp; Graduates from the music, theater and dance departments led the crowd of 1,400 in a special rendition of “I’ve had the Time of My Life.”</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:25:37 +0000 Flo Jonic 15512 at http://ripr.org Safety Concerns Push URI Graduation Indoors http://ripr.org/post/safety-concerns-push-uri-graduation-indoors <p>The University of Rhode Island is moving its graduation indoors. The university said it’s for safety reasons.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>URI said the recent gun scare on campus and the bombings in Boston prompted it to move the graduation ceremony into the Ryan Center.&nbsp; Graduating student Kelly Harris is unhappy with the move.&nbsp; She said students are limited to bringing two guests and that will make it harder for her friends and family to see her walk across the stage.</p><p>“This is affecting the vast majority of graduating seniors,” said Harris.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 20:34:04 +0000 Don Borman 14884 at http://ripr.org Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Speaks to 2013 New England Tech Graduates http://ripr.org/post/kareem-abdul-jabbar-speaks-2013-new-england-tech-graduates <p>Retired professional basketball player, best-selling author and filmmaker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the keynote speaker at the New England Institute of Technology graduation ceremony yesterday (Sunday.)&nbsp; He told the roughly 12-hundred graduates about the things he wished he had done when he was their age.</p><p></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 13:41:27 +0000 Flo Jonic 14724 at http://ripr.org Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Speaks to 2013 New England Tech Graduates