Michelle Kwan, the most celebrated figure skater in U.S. history and spouse of unsuccessful R.I. gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell, has been chosen to deliver the commencement address at Salve Regina University in Newport.
Kwan, now a U.S. State Department official and a U.S. public diplomacy envoy, was recently nominated to serve on the board of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
A graduate of the University of Denver, Kwan also earned a master’s degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, majoring in international relations.
Kwan will be awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters during the university’s commencement on Sunday, May 17th. It marks the 65 commencement at Salve.
Salve Regina will also honor longtime trustee Tim O’Reilly, the retired CEO of Newport Harbor Corporation. O’Reilly holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in business from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.