Shatner to give commencement address for Rhode Island school

By The Associated Press


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – William Shatner is boldly going where he has never gone before: graduation at the New England Institute of Technology.

The actor, best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk on the original "Star Trek" television series, is delivering the commencement address for the East Greenwich, Rhode Island school on Sunday.

The school says Shatner’s message will be "one of hope in a time of change."

In addition to "Star Trek," Shatner starred in the TV show "T.J. Hooker" and won Emmys and a Golden Globe for his work in "The Practice" and "Boston Legal."

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

Nearly 1,200 students will receive degrees. The school says many graduates are the first in their family to attend college.

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