On Saturday, June 4th, the Newport, RI community will gather at IYRS on historic Thames Street to celebrate the accomplishments of the most talented and dedicated apprentice craftspeople, builders & makers in Rhode Island at IYRS Graduation & Launch Day, an annual Newport tradition.

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, will be the featured speaker at the event. 

Students from the 2015 & 2016 School of Boatbuilding & Restoration, School of Composites Technology, and School of Marine Systems will be recognized and honored as part of the celebration.

Wind turbines and other complex items built by School of Composites Technology graduates, and powerboat systems simulation panels built by School of Marine Systems students will be on display and celebrated.

Following the speaking portion and graduation ceremony, twelve beautiful wooden sailboats restored by forty-two IYRS School of Boatbuilding & Restoration students will be launched into Newport Harbor and sailed as friends, family and the Newport community celebrate the completion of the nine-month wooden boat restoration projects.

Launch Day Experience 2015
On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the IYRS community came together for an annual tradition like no other: Graduation & Launch Day. A total of eleven boats were launched into the Harbor as fifteen students graduated from the School of Boatbuilding & Restoration, a two-year program in advanced wooden boatbuilding.

About IYRS School of Technology & Trades

IYRS School of Technology & Trades is a world-class experiential learning school with an education model dedicated to teaching highly technical and deeply craft-oriented career skills. The school’s legacy is born out of a mission to preserve the craft of making like hand carved decors, building and restoring in the marine trades. Currently, IYRS has three accredited programs and regularly collaborates with post-secondary schools of architecture, preservation, industrial design and engineering through short-term classes, including recently with MIT, Harvard, RISD, Roger Williams and others. The skills acquired in IYRS’ programs are applicable across a broad range of industries and with a wide range of materials from traditional wood to modern composites. Learn more at http://www.iyrs.edu.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.