Telecommunications Leader Will Speak at WPI Commencement, May 20

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Worcester, Mass. - C. Michael Armstrong, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of AT&T, will give the address at WPI's 132nd Commencement on Saturday, May 20. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on the WPI Quad. About 750 WPI members of the Class of 2000 will receive bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees during the ceremony. Armstrong will receive an honorary doctor of engineering degree.

"WPI is a leader in technological education," says WPI President Edward Alton Parrish. "We are honored that Mr. Armstrong, a leader in telecommunications, has agreed to give the Year 2000 Commencement address."

On Friday, the day prior to the WPI Commencement, a baccalaureate ceremony, featuring faculty, administration and student speakers, begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. in Alden Memorial Hall. Inspirational speaker will be George Oliver, a 1982 WPI alumnus and vice president and general manager of GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati.

A joint ROTC commissioning ceremony will take place on May 20 at 8:30 in Alden Memorial Hall with 20 receiving their military commissions. Commissioning officer will be Rear Admiral Peter A.C. Long, USN, provost at the Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

With more than 80 million customers, 120,000 employees, and $51 billion in revenues, AT&T is the world's leading telecommunications services company. Armstrong, who was elected chairman and CEO in November 1997, came to AT&T after six years as chairman and CEO of Hughes Electronics. During his tenure at Hughes, he transformed the company into a powerful competitor in the electronics, space and telecommunications industries, helped make it a world leader in military and commercial communications satellites, and successfully launched DIRECTV, one of the most successful consumer-electronics product introductions. Before joining Hughes he spent more than three decades at IBM, rising through the ranks from systems engineer to senior vice president and chairman of the board of IBM World Trade Corp.

Armstrong earned a B.S. in business and economics at Miami University of Ohio and completed the advanced management curriculum at Dartmouth Institute. He serves as chairman of the President's Export Council, the premier national advisory committee to President Clinton and the Secretary of Commerce on matters related to international trade. A leader of efforts of maintain U.S. leadership in telecommunications and satellite technology, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Security Telecommunications Committee and the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade. He is a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and a member of the Yale School of Management's Advisory Board and serves on the board of directors of Travelers Corp. and the supervisory board of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Group. He holds honorary doctor of laws degrees from Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount.

For more information on the 132nd WPI Commencement Exercises, visit the Commencement Website.