- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - It was a big weekend for college graduations in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island College handed out 1,493 baccalaureate degrees and 305 graduate degrees Saturday. Honorary degrees were awarded to Scott MacKay of Rhode Island Public Radio and Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts.

Bryant University also held its commencement Saturday, with journalist and author David Maraniss as speaker.

More than 1,000 students received degrees Sunday from Providence College. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love was awarded an honorary degree.

The University of Rhode Island awarded 668 graduate degrees Saturday and 3,204 undergraduate degrees Sunday. Neuroscientist Rudolph Tanzi, a Cranston native, received an honorary doctor of science degree.

Salve Regina University handed out 653 degrees during its 65th commencement Sunday. Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters.

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