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The week of March 19 through March 23, 2007, Community College of Rhode Island celebrated the Inauguration of Ray M. Di Pasquale as the college's fourth president.

President's Inauguration

Message from President Di Pasquale to the College Community

March 28, 2007

Last week’s inauguration week celebration was an outstanding week for the community college as our students, faculty and staff were showcased throughout the entire state of Rhode Island. People who’ve never had any exposure to CCRI now know so much more about us thanks to the tremendous exposure we received in media throughout the region. Those who are part of the CCRI family are bursting with pride as a result of the state’s focus on our college. As I said in my inaugural remarks, it always gives me great pause to reflect on the enormity of the college’s distinction as the only community college in Rhode Island. To think that while there are more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide, we have the distinction of being the sole community college for Rhode Island. I might be somewhat biased, but it’s important for the citizens of this state to know that they have an outstanding learning institution of which they can be proud. Once again, I want to express my thanks co-chairs to Dr. Joseph Amaral and his wife, Linda, as well as professor Jack Renza, and his wife, Marianne, for their leadership of the steering committee, as well as nearly one hundred students, faculty and staff who worked hard to make this event such a success. I also want to thank everyone who donned academic regalia and marched as “Team CCRI” on Friday afternoon. Thank you.

In order to showcase the diversity of activities during the week, the Department of Marketing and Communications is creating Web links to photos and media coverage of the various events, as well as one to the address I gave at the Installation Ceremony. Please check back frequently as stories and photos are added to this page.

President's State of the College Address - Wednesday, March 21

President's Address - Friday, March 23, 2007

Co-Chairs' Welcome - View the Web pages posted prior to the inauguration, including the co-chairs' welcome and full schedule of events.


Committee Members

Program [downloadable PDF*]

Thanks to the Inaugural Sponsors

Media coverage (PDF files*)

Pawtucket Times, Community center gets inaugural murals
March 20, 2007

Providence Journal, CCRI to hold week of events to celebrate 4th president
March 18, 2007

Providence Journal, At CCRI, DiPasquale earns high marks
Friday, March 23, 2007

Providence Journal, New CCRI president inaugurated
Saturday, March 24, 2007

Warwick Beacon, Di Pasquale to become CCRI's 4th president
March 15, 2007

Warwick Beacon, Painting, stocking shelves celebrates CCRI president's inauguration
March 22, 2007

Warwick Beacon Editorial, CCRI's community roots
Thursday, Mar 22, 2007

Warwick Beacon, CCRI president aims to triple workforce training efforts
Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007

Kent County Daily Times, After 15 months, college welcomes new president
March 24, 2007

Providence Business News, Guest Column: Ray M. Di Pasquale, CCRI changes lives, and it should have big dreams
April 2, 2007

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