2012-06-14 / News of Record


Five islanders receive college degrees

Mark Maguire was one of 232 students who received graduate degrees from Providence College on May 20. He received a master’s degree in special education. The commencement address was delivered by Viola Davis, a native Rhode Islander who was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Michael Donnelly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from the College of Charleston on May 12. He was one of 1,465 this year to receive an undergraduate degree from the school.

Kyra Lynette Reppe, the daughter of William and Cinthia Reppe, graduated from Southern Connecticut State University on May 18 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush and an NBC news correspondent, was the commencement speaker.

Laura Flanagan graduated cum laude with a double major in business administration and environmental studies from American University in Washington, D.C. She is daughter of Ned and Audrey Flanagan.

Phoebe Livingston, the daughter of Anne and Bruce Livingston, graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., on May 20 with a master’s degree in professional communication. Carol Geary Schneider, the president of the Association of American Colleges and University, delivered the commencement address.

Two Jamestowners named to dean’s lists

Jon-Michael Degidio was recently named the dean’s list at Florida Institute of Technology for the spring semester. To make the dean’s list at FIT, students must complete 12 or more credits in a semester with a GPA no lower than 3.4. Degidio is pursuing a degree in marine biology.

Ashley Smith was recently named to the dean’s list for her final undergraduate semester at Salve Regina University. To qualify for the honor, students must be full time and earn a minimum GPA of 3.6 with no grade below a B. Smith graduated last month.

Islander graduates from the Wheeler School

Nicole Evangelista, the daughter of Elaine and Stephen Evangelista, was one of 72 students who graduated June 8 from the Wheeler School in Providence. While at Wheeler, Nicole played soccer and lacrosse, and was a member of the debate team. She also helped lead the ECO Club, and received a summa cum laude award in Latin. Ed Cooley, head coach of the Providence College men’s basketball team, was the commencements speaker. Nicole will attend University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall.

Jamestowner graduates from leadership academy

The Rhode Island Association of School Committees recently recognized BJ Whitehouse for graduating from the association’s Leadership Development Academy. As a graduate, Whitehouse received special certifi cation from the Rhode Island Board of Regents

Whitehouse has served on the Jamestown School Committee for five years. His work on the committee includes his service in various capacities including clerk and liaison to the Melrose Avenue School Improvement Team.

To graduate, school committee members must complete 15 hours of approved training in a two-year period.

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