Salve Regina graduates in person a year after its cancellation
NEWPORT – Some Salve Regina University graduates had high spirits Sunday afternoon as they prepared to walk on stage, albeit in masks.
With social distancing protocols, a limit of two guests per graduate, and a mix of pre-recorded speeches and in-person traditions, Salve Regina awarded bachelor’s degrees in a 1 p.m. ceremony, one of three scheduled ceremonies. for the day.
A launch and pinning ceremony for nursing fellows at 10 a.m. kicks off the university’s undergraduate events on Sunday, followed by the start of the Bachelors of Applied Sciences and Bachelor of Arts at 1:00 p.m. and the start of the baccalaureate in non-nursing sciences at 4 p.m.
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The events follow a coronavirus-riddled year 2020, which halted an in-person ceremony for the 2020 class. Members of this class will be welcome to campus on May 16 for an on-campus ceremony.
A graduation ceremony had already taken place on Thursday. All the ceremonies were also broadcast live.
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Dr. Kelli J. Armstrong, president of Salve Regina, has awarded a total of 810 degrees during graduate and undergraduate ceremonies, including 546 bachelor’s degrees, 251 master’s degrees and 13 doctorates.
“I am so grateful that we are able to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates in person this year,” Armstrong said in a prepared statement.
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Carolyn Woo, a distinguished scholar who served a five-year term as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency for the Catholic community in the United States, was the speaker for the Class of 2021.
Woo touched on the topic of “kindness” in his speech. “In the midst of ugliness, there is goodness,” she said.