NEWPORT — Salve Regina University held commencement exercises for graduate students on Thursday, May 5, and for undergraduate students on Sunday, May 8.
Salve Regina President Dr. Kelli Armstrong conferred a total of 517 baccalaureate degrees, 216 master’s degrees and 13 doctoral degrees, in addition to presenting three honorary doctorates.
Navyn Salem, who founded the non-profit Edesia, Inc. in Rhode Island in 2009 with a mission to treat and prevent global malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations, presented the commencement address and was awarded an honorary degree on Sunday.
The University also awarded honorary degrees during the Mother’s Day ceremony to longtime philanthropist Kathleen Walgreen and entrepreneur/philanthropist Carl Allen.
Robin Smith, Salve Regina’s inaugural graduate of the doctoral program in international relations, presented the keynote address during the commencement ceremony for graduates. A retired college administrator who is currently an instructor in the writing center at the U.S. Naval War College, Smith’s doctoral dissertation is titled, “Acculturation Strategies of Cold War and Post-Soviet Russian Immigrants in the United States.”