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East Providence scholar to graduate from URI in 3 years

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 16, 2005 -- If anyone is thinking about offering advice to Eric DeSousa during the University of Rhode Island’s commencement ceremonies on May 22, they might suggest that he slow down just a bit.

The East Providence marketing major, who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.98, will earn his bachelor’s degree in just three years. DeSousa was named a URI Presidential Scholar as the top marketing student in this year’s graduating class. The only time he earned less than an A at URI was in a Shakespeare class in which he earned a B-plus.

He will graduate from URI a giant step ahead of his peers because of his academic success at East Providence High School where he earned 22 college credits for completing advance placement courses in English, history, calculus and economics.

“East Providence High gave me a great head start,” DeSousa said. “There are some great teachers there, and I learned a lot from them.”

His experience with outstanding faculty continued at URI. “Just the whole experience at URI has been great with professors who deserve some of the credit for my success here,” DeSousa said.

A member of the American Marketing Association and the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society, DeSousa was admitted to URI as a Centennial Scholar because of his outstanding high school record. Once enrolled, a student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to retain the scholarship each semester. Not only did DeSousa keep his grade point average well above the standard, he saved money by graduating a year early.

In his three years at URI, DeSousa experienced living in a campus residence hall, living off-campus in Hope Valley with some close friends and then returning home this year.

“Butterfield Hall was fun and convenient—Butterfield Dining Hall was right there, and the house we rented my second year was great. Then this year I decided to move home to save money and reconnect with friends,” DeSousa said.

In the near future he plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on marketing, but will take a little time off from school. He’ll begin his job search soon and hopes to become a pro sports players’ agent. “I’ve always wanted to be a sports agent. That would be a cool job because you don’t work normal hours and you are well-compensated,” he said.

So, when commencement rolls around, will his family be in attendance? “Sure, my whole family is coming to graduation, but my mom is the most excited.”