New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) held its 71st Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 6, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.
More than 1,250 students — including 20 from Johnston — received an Associate in Science or Bachelor of Science degree from approximately 30 technology-based programs.
Two Johnston residents were also among the graduates who received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the college.
Award-winning actor and social activist, Martin Sheen, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary doctor of humane letters for his outstanding support and dedication to many causes that promote global peace and justice.
"My fondest wish for each and every one of you here this morning is that you will find something in your life worth fighting for, because when you do you will have found a way to unite the will of the spirit with the work of the flesh, and all of humanity will have discovered fire for the second time," said Sheen during his address.
An honorary doctor of humane letters was also awarded to the Chancellor of Salve Regina University, M.Therese Antone, RSM, in recognition of her numerous contributions to the field of education and the Rhode Island community.
Dr. Thomas F. Wylie, Senior Vice President and Provost at NEIT conferred degrees upon the following Johnston students:
Associate in Science
Julia M. Baffoni, Carolyn A. Castigliego*, Travis Z. Chenault*+, Nicole DeMartino, Gianna DePari, Sarah L. Desrochers, Scott N. Fountaine, Steven M. Kowalewski*, Sandy M. MacAndrew, Kayla A. Macaruso, Cesar A. Martinez, Vincenzo D. Papa+, Adam S. Petersen+, Denise M. Provost, Chanthy Seth*
Bachelor in Science
Joseph P. Catanzaro, Jonathan J. Doyle*, David V. Merolla, Rui M. Nunes*, Amanda V. Ryan
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Sloan A. Lazzareschi, Kelly A. Marot
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