Providence College alum Roy Peter Clark, known as “America’s Writing Coach” will deliver the commencement address at PC’s 99th commencement, on Sunday, May 21st at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.
Clark, from the class of 1970, will receive an honorary doctorate of journalism. While at the college, he was managing editor of the student-run newspaper, the Cowl. After his graduation from PC, he earned a master of arts degree and doctorate in English.
In 1979, Clark became the first full-time faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a not-for-profit journalism think tank. At Poynter, Clark worked with journalists from media organizations around the world to improve the writing of reporters. The Providence Journal was one of the many newspapers where Clark gave seminars to reporters.
He worked at Poynter for more than 30 years and served as the institute’s dean, vice president and senior scholar. He retired in 2017, but still contributes to Poynter.org on various topics. Clark has been the author or editor of 18 books and has been featured on NPR, the Today Show and on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has also served as writer-in-residence at Vassar College.
Clark is one of six honorary degree recipients. The others include: artist Barnaby Evans, the creator of WaterFire Providence; Liz Flynn, class of 1982, former vice chairman of Marsh and CEO of Marsh U.S. Consumer; Rabbi Wayne Murray Franklin, Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Providence; Richard Grace, class of 1962 and history professor emeritus at PC; and Navyn Salem, founder and CEO of Edesia, a North Kingstown-based non-profit.