Commencement 2014: URI experience transforms uncertain freshman into student commencement speaker, Homecoming king, leader

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Saunderstown resident aims for career in higher education

KINGSTON, R.I. – April 30, 2014 – Paul Knott enrolled at the University of Rhode Island as a worried and confused freshman, uncertain that going to school so close to his Saunderstown home was the right choice. As he prepares to graduate on May 18, he thanks URI for transforming him into a confident, motivated, and involved senior who has found a home on the Kingston campus.


“I chose URI because of the sense of community that it represents. URI students are constantly helping each other achieve success,” said Knott. “Today, I am more than happy with my decision. I didn’t really know if this was the place for me, but over the past four years I have been able to find my niche and have gained more from URI than I could have ever imagined.”


Knott said he owes much of his success to the University. “URI really taught me who I am and how to be the best version of myself that I can be,” he said. “Most importantly, it taught me to not be afraid of what I am capable of.”