By Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan will present this year’s commencement address at Salve Regina University.

The school announced Monday that Kwan will also receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters at the May 17 commencement.

The award-winning figure skater and Rhode Island resident was recently nominated by Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve on the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

University President Sister Jane Gerety says Kwan was chosen because of her work as a public diplomacy envoy with the State Department and her work on the board of directors for Special Olympics International.

Kwan is a five-time World Figure Skating champion and nine-time U.S. Figure Skating champion. She retired from the sport in 2006.

She has been married to former Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell since 2013.

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