Black and white photograph taken during Commencement, August 5, 1949. Benjamin Franklin Fairless, (1890-1962), President of U.S. Steel from 1938 until 1952, delivered the address, entitled: "Light Your Candle". He was one of three honorary recipients.
The other two honorary degree recipients were John O. Pastore, Governor of Rhode Island from 1945 until 1950, and Col. Clement Kennedy, President of the New Ocean House Hotel in Swampscott, MA.
Seated behind Mr. Fairless is John O. Pastore and to Mr. Pastore's left is Dr. Henry (Harry) L. Jacobs, President of Bryant College from 1916 until 1961.
Commencement; August 5, 1949; John O. Pastore; Benjamin Franklin Fairless; Col. Clement Kennedy;