Viola Davis Voices Support of Ballot Question 3 in Radio Message

Viola Davis is giving voice to an issue that is of paramount importance to her alma mater.

The noted actress and RIC graduate is showing her support for the college’s $50 million bond referendum with a radio message that highlights the importance of voting yes on Question 3, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

“We need to ensure today’s students are given the opportunity to dream and find success in their chosen careers,” Davis said in the taped message. “This bond issue will allow renovations to the two major classroom buildings on campus, as well as a small addition to the Fogarty Life Science building – creating construction jobs today, and preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Davis, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the 2011 film “The Help,” said that RIC prepared her well for the future and was the place where Rhode Island students are “educated for the jobs of tomorrow.”

An award-winning stage and film actress, Davis studied theatre at RIC. In addition to her undergraduate degree, she received an honoraty doctorate in fine arts from RIC in 2002.

Davis and her sister, Deloris Davis Grant, are graduates of RIC Upward Bound, a college prep program for which the two founded a scholarship fund in 1988. Davis last visited the college in May, when she met with RIC theatre students and others at a reception at the President's House.

Question 3 has been publicly endorsed by many elected officials, local organizations and citizens. To hear Davis’ message in support of Question 3, and to learn more about the referendum, visit