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ѻý 2024 HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS

 

LEGENDARY ACTRESS, RITA MORENO

Legendary actress Rita Moreno will deliver New England Institute of Technology’s commencement address on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, Rhode Island. During a career that has spanned 80 years, the actress, dancer and singer has won every major award in show business. She is one of the few performers to earn the coveted “EGOT” – having won Emmys, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. She is the first and only Latina woman to do so. At the age of 92, she’s not slowing down. She recently starred in the blockbuster films 80 for Brady and Fast X. She currently stars in the newly released comedy-horror film The Prank and the Netflix film Family Switch.

Moreno’s early work included roles in the classic musical films Singin’ in the Rain and The King and I, before her breakout role as Anita in West Side Story which earned her the Oscar for best supporting actress. She faced blatant discrimination during her career, but her perseverance and versatility allowed her to break free from stereotypes. She has acted in more than 70 feature films, appeared in numerous television shows, and starred in theaters on Broadway and in the world-famous West End of London. Throughout her storied career Moreno has been an outspoken advocate for social justice. She has received numerous awards for her lifetime contributions to American culture.

 

KEVIN GRANEY, PRESIDENT OF GENERAL DYNAMICS ELECTRIC BOAT

Kevin Graney is the president of General Dynamics Electric Boat. Electric Boat is the single largest manufacturing  employer in Rhode Island and plays a pivotal role in national security. With Graney at the helm, Electric Boat is experiencing a once in a generation expansion, hiring thousands of people to build the submarines that serve as a first line of defense for the United States. With a focus on teamwork, he is known for uncompromising dedication to quality and safety.

New England Tech works closely with Graney to train entry level welders, shipfitters, machinists,  and production planners for jobs at Electric Boat through the university’s Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI). ѻý’s  relationship with General Dynamics spans 30 years and has included numerous training programs both in classrooms and on the manufacturing floor at Electric Boat.