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      RIC announces commencement speakers

      Rhode Island College has announced that storyteller Valerie Tutson will serve as the commencement speaker for the 2014 undergraduate degree ceremony, to be held May 17.

      Tutson is the founder and director of both Rhode Island Black Storytellers and FUNDA Fest: A Celebration of Black Storytelling. She also serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Black Storytellers.

      Oscar "Tim" Hebert, CEO of the Warwick-based IT company Atrion, will serve as the RIC commencement speaker for the 2014 graduate degree ceremony on May 15.

      Hebert is considered an expert of strategic technological solutions and is chairman of the Tech Collective and serves on the advisory committee for the STEM Center at Rhode Island College.

      Other RIC honorary degree recipients include: Peter Arpin, partner in Arpin International Group and president of Arpin Renewable Energy and Arpin Broadcast Network; Centenarian Irene Kenny, RIC Class of 1935; Charles MacDonald, M.D., chair of the Department of Dermatology at Brown University; John Hazen White Jr., CEO and president of Taco Inc.

      Honorary degree recipients are chosen on the basis of their leadership qualities or contributions to civic life.