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New England Tech Celebrates 1,130 Graduates

[CREDIT: Joe Giblin] 1. NEIT President Richard Gouse (left) presents an honorary doctor of humane letters to 2019 commencement speaker Chris Herren, in recognition of his work to help others during New England Tech commencement in Providence May 5, 2019.

[CREDIT: Joe Giblin] 1. NEIT President Richard Gouse (left) presents an honorary doctor of humane letters to 2019 commencement speaker Chris Herren, in recognition of his work to help others during New England Tech commencement in Providence May 5, 2019.
[CREDIT: Joe Giblin] 1. NEIT President Richard Gouse (left) presents an honorary doctor of humane letters to 2019 commencement speaker Chris Herren, in recognition of his work to help others during New England Tech commencement in Providence May 5, 2019.
PROVIDENCE — Former Boston Celtics and Fall River basketball superstar Chris Herren delivered this year’s commencement address to 1,130 New England Institute of Technology graduates Sunday, May 5, at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.

The students earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Herren, who rebounded from drug addiction, devotes his life to helping others fight it. New England Tech presented honorary degrees to Chris Herren and to community and political leader Donald R. Sweitzer, former chairman of International Game Technology (IGT) and current treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association.

“The bad days become the blessings and the beauty of living life in sobriety, eventually you find the silver lining in all your sad stories. You become extremely grateful for your worst moments. You forgive and you allow yourself to be forgiven,” Herren told the graduates during the commencement.

Herren continued, “The pursuit of a secondary education warrants applause. Your commitment to accomplish it is amazing, but it generates nothing. Today isn’t an ending, it’s your beginning. Continue to work hard. Set new goals and challenge yourself daily to be better than the day before. Make a commitment to inspire. Share your gifts with others and don’t ever give up on your dream because trust me, it’s never too late to live it.”

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A list of graduates from Warwick and West Warwick are posted below:

Honors: *

Potential June Grad: +

Warwick RI

AS Degree

Tyler J. Algren, Krista Archer*, Amanda R. Barnette, Sarah Belmore*, Christina Blanda+, Bethany A. Bonenfant+, Tyler B. Cameron+, Anthony Carcia*+, Daniel I. Carter, Adam C. Copp*, Abdellah El Moudden, Geoffrey Fennell, George Ferraria*, Nathan R. Fonseca, Jakob H. Francois+, Katrina Goddard, Andrew J. Granata*+, Stephanie Hager*, Cheslyn A. Harrop, Jacqueline J. Jesus+, Jessica E. Kuncio, Kerri Leary, Nicholas R. Leland, Robert Lewis Jr*, Chelsey B. McCabe, Nicole M. Menezes*, Bradley Meunier, Tanya M. Montoya, Arianna Moussally, Jessica L. O’Leary*+, Sopher Phin, Kyle M. Riley, Benjamin B. Robin*, Kathleen J. Romano, Alvaro A. Ruiz, Sean M. Ryan, Elizabeth Sarkisian*, Christopher M. Sicard, Jazmine D. Smith, Sarah M. Stone, Kasey L. Strumar*, Arthur Sylvester-McCarthy, Jordan N. Travers, Ty E. Vadenais, Marissa P. Yandoc, Paula Yepes

BS Degree

Tory J. Bassett, Corey J. Beagan*, Brett M. Casale*, Trent A. Clarke+, Kyle K. Cox, Victor Desa*+, Vincent J. DeVito III*, Joseph J. Flaherty, James A. Gardner, William D. Gibeault*, Ivy E. Gowans, Crystal M. Green*, Alexander S. Harrop, Laurie R. Hattoy*+, Stephen A. Octeau, David Pena+, Samantha M. Powers, Tyler J. Rapson*, Tyler Skoglund, Sabrina D. Spiver, Melanie A. Tribe-Scott*, Rowan J. Wheatley II*

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MS Degree

Nikitha Ameda+, Adam G. Chirico, Lakshmi Sindhuri Kandregula+, Jamie M. Maymon*, Ashley E. Meizoso

Honors: *

Potential June Grad: +

West Warwick RI

AS Degree

Stefan A. Archer, Joseph H. Buffington+, Jeffrey T. Caswell+, Alexandra deCastro, Marc A. Durham+, Michaela Jencks+, Noah Marino+, Nicolas M. Ochoa, Joshua A. Poplis, Peter Tumani Rara-Matenge, Elizabeth M. Redin+, Maynor Sanchez, Tayla M. Thibault, Caitlyn M. Turenne, Nicholas S. Urso+

BS Degree

Jannette Candela*, Daniel J. Curran Jr+, Cody J. Deutsch, Cody J. Gerdin, Dylan A. Mercadante+, Mogomotsi M. Moilwa*, Timothy Payette, Teaira N. Perry, Andres J. Sagastume Lemuz, John J. Samuel, Kyle A. Sylvia

MS Degree

Courtney F. Oliver