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Rhode Island School of Design to hold commencement ceremony

June 1, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island School of Design is awarding degrees to about 500 undergraduate students at its 136th commencement ceremony.

The ceremony will be held Saturday morning at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. About 200 graduate students will also receive degrees and the annual graduate thesis exhibition will be displayed.

RISD says it’s presenting four honorary degrees to “visionaries in contemporary culture.” Founder and executive director of the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the keynote address.

Artist Theaster Gates, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova will also receive honorary degrees.

Dr. Joseph Chazan, a local nephrologist and art collector, will receive the inaugural President’s Medal of Honor. He has donated more than 600 works to the RISD Museum.

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