Salve Regina to award 669 degrees during 63rd Commencement
President Jane Gerety, RSM, will confer 669 degrees Sunday, May 19 when the University celebrates its 63rd commencement on the oceanside lawn of McAuley Hall. The academic procession steps off at 9:15 a.m., with the ceremony scheduled to begin beneath the Commencement tent at 10 a.m.
Sister Jane will confer 441 baccalaureate degrees, 197 master’s degrees, 25 certificates of advanced graduate studies and six doctorates.
Master stone carvers Nicholas W. Benson and his father John E. Benson, proprietors of Newport’s centuries-old John Stevens Shop – the artists behind such works as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the John F. Kennedy Memorial – will be presented with honorary degrees and offer remarks to the Salve Regina community.
Under three generations of Bensons, the John Stevens Shop has worked with well-known families, institutions and architects on projects that include inscriptional work for Brown, Yale and Harvard universities, Smith College, the National Gallery of Art, the Frick Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Washington National Cathedral and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, among many others, including Salve Regina’s McKillop Library and Wakehurst.