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Sheen hopes for future compassion

May 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Martin Sheen spoke from the heart inside a large exhibit hall at the Rhode Island Convention Center and told the future of the technology world, comprising of 1,254 graduates of the New England Institute of Technology, to find that yearning within their heart to help others.

It was one of the many poignant points the Emmy Award-winning actor, who had a notable role as President Josiah Bartlet in NBC’s “The West Wing” and was in movies such as “Apocalypse Now,” made in Sunday’s commencement ceremony, urging the now former students of New England Tech to show compassion amongst each other in their future treks in life.

Sheen, who’s acting career has spanned over a half century through television, film and theater, received an honorary degree from New England Tech for his ongoing social work, using his celebrity status to offer a voice regarding issues such as nuclear weapons, the treatment of immigrants, poverty, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and, most recently, the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Read all about it in the May 10 edition of The Pendulum.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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