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Academic achievements in spotlight at Cap and Gown Convocation



With commencement exercises just over two weeks away, many of RIC’s soon-to-be-grads got a head start on the graduation celebration by donning their robes and marching into the Auditorium in Roberts Hall while the RIC Wind Ensemble played “Pomp and Circumstance.”

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo
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Students were joined by administration, faculty, family and friends at the May 2 Cap and Gown Convocation, which highlighted the academic achievements of the Class of 2012 and featured a capping ceremony.

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo told attendees, “As we recognize your accomplishments, let us also pause to remember those who have helped you along the way: parents, spouses, children, family, friends, teachers, professors, advisors, and others who have inspired you and helped to sustain you.”

The centerpiece of the event was the presentation of Departmental Awards. Two new awards – The Bourget Student Athlete Award and the Prémio Em Estudos Portugueses Award – were handed out at the event.

The Bourget Award was established by Paul Bourget ’69 and Denise Bourget for male and female student athletes based on outstanding scholastic and athletic achievement. Cynthia Gaudet and Kyle Allaire were the inaugural winners of the award. Allaire was a three-time departmental award winner: He also received the John E. Hetherman Award in intercollegiate athletics, and the Christopher R. Mitchell Award in mathematics and computer science.


Kyle Allaire

Malinda Bridges
The Prémio Em Estudos Portugueses Award, given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in Portuguese Studies, was won by Loureana Soares.

The Art History Award has been newly named in honor of recently retired art professor Mary Ball Howkins. That award was given to Justina Martino, who majored in art history and studio art.

Malinda Bridges, winner of both the Bertha Christina Andrews Emin Award (Outstanding Achievement) and the Mary Ann Hawkes Award in Justice Studies, will attend the University of Virginia Law School in the fall. She is currently president of the National Black Law Students Association.

Another two-time award winner, Rachel Riley, received the Evelyn Walsh Prize in history and the Helen M. Murphy Award in intercollegiate athletics. Riley was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 Little East Women’s Basketball tournament.

Gary Penfield, vice president for student affairs, recognized seniors who had been selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”


Graduating senior Michael Kennedy, a RIC resident assistant, provided greetings at the ceremony. He touched on some special memories over his collegiate career, and said that at RIC, he “formed relationships that will last a lifetime.”

Anthony Galvez, assistant professor of communication, provided the convocation address. He told the graduating students, “You achieved the goal and your reward is forever knowing that with hard work and determination there is almost nothing that stands in the way of you and your future success. ”

The class officers – Robert Roy (president), Michael Simeone (vice president), Alysha Stephens (secretary) and Téylyr Terrio (treasurer) – announced the senior class gift: a $5,000 donation to the college to refurbish the anchor located on the side of Craig-Lee Hall.