Commencement 2015: Thanks to URI, scholar-athlete Jawaun Wynn to become physician assistant

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KINGSTON, R.I., APRIL 23, 2015 – When Jawaun Wynn was in middle school, he got a terrible headache one morning. He ended up in the hospital with a diagnosis of high blood pressure.

The illness, passed on through his father’s genes, changed his life – in a good way. His hypertension was brought under control with medication and diet, and he realized he wanted to help others as the doctors had helped him.

“They were my heroes,” says Wynn, of New Brunswick, N.J. “I wanted to work in their profession.”

And he will soon, thanks to his success at the University of Rhode Island. The 22-year-old scholar-athlete will graduate in May with a degree in criminology and, if all goes as planned, eventually enroll in a two-year program to become a physician assistant.