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Actor, activist Martin Sheen to deliver NEIT commencement address

Award-winning actor and social justice activist Martin Sheen will deliver the commencement address to New England Institute of Technology graduates Sunday, May 6, in Providence. Sheen is a prolific actor and an ardent supporter of causes that advocate peace and encourage justice throughout the world.

A three-time Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner, Sheen is perhaps best known for his role in the film “Apocalypse Now” and for his seven-year run as President Josiah Bartlet on NBC’s critically acclaimed series “The West Wing.” He has played more than 100 roles since the late 1960s, appearing in such films as “Badlands,” “Wall Street,” “Gandhi,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Departed,” “Bobby,” and “The Way,” a film written and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez. His forthcoming films include “Stella Days,” an independent Irish film, and “The Amazing Spider-Man” in July 2012.

For more than four decades, Sheen has used his celebrity status to lend a voice to peace and social justice issues ranging from nuclear weapons to the treatment of immigrants, the alleviation of poverty and homelessness, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters during New England Tech’s commencement.

An honorary degree will also be presented to M. Therese Antone, chancellor of Salve Regina University. Sister Therese served as president of Salve Regina from 1994 to 2009. She is credited with restoring and renovating many of the historic properties on the campus, strengthening Salve Regina’s admissions standards, dramatically increasing its endowment, and more than tripling freshman applications for admission. She also expanded community service projects by students, and was instrumental in convincing Congress to establish the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina.

Sister Therese is a Rhode Island native and a Salve Regina alumna. Her career has included teaching at all levels. She has been a faculty member, director of development, vice president of institutional advancement, and executive vice president for corporate affairs and advancement at Salve Regina University and has served on numerous boards and committees in the state. New England Tech will present her with an honorary doctor of humane letters.

This year marks New England Institute of Technology’s 71st commencement ceremony. Commencement begins at 11 a.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.


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