Salve Regina holds Convocation ceremony on Sept. 5

ix hundred incoming freshmen who are arriving in Newport from 21 different states and eight countries – including Bangladesh, Canada, China, Columbia, El Salvador, Japan, Nepal and the United Kingdom – will be officially welcomed to the city and into the Salve Regina academic community when the university celebrates Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m. in the Convocation tent outside Wakehurst Student Center, will feature a keynote address from William “Bill” Lucey, publisher of The Edward A. Sherman Publishing Company, which produces The Newport Daily News, Newport Mercury, Newport Life Magazine, South County Life Magazine, The South County Independent and NewportRI.com. Lucey will also receive an honorary degree during the festivities.

Newport Mayor Henry Winthrop will welcome students, and remarks will be presented by Salve Regina President Dr. Jane Gerety, RSM. The ceremony will also include the inauguration of Student Government Association officers.

New students will discover how the university will be applying its vision through community and civic engagement during their next four years. That vision strives to develop empathetic leaders who challenge themselves “to achieve academic excellence through disciplined development of skills and knowledge, and to cultivate the spirit of Mercy within – to see, care, and to act for the good of others.”

As part of its Civic Action Plan, the university community has coordinated prioritization of the Five Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy (Earth, Immigration, Women, Racism and Non-Violence). During a four-year cycle, each year will focus on a different Critical Concern, with an underlying baseline of non-violence. For 2017-2018, the focus will be on race.

About the Convocation speaker:

Lucey has lived in Newport County for 32 years and has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees during this time. He currently serves as the treasurer of two local non-profit organizations, the Preservation Society of Newport County, owners of the historic Newport Mansions and Museums, and NewportFilm, a year-round, non-profit documentary film series in the city that features established and emerging filmmakers and their current documentary films, curated from film festivals around the world.

He serves as a Governor of Newport Hospital and the Newport Reading Room. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Salve Regina.

He is past-president of the New England Newspaper Association, the New England Newspaper Operations Association, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce and the Newport Rotary Club.

Lucey received his undergraduate degree in business management from the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business Administration, and a master of science degree in Information System Science from Salve Regina.