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134th Commencement Photo Archive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/May 18, 2002
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

These photos should accompany the news release dated May 18, 2002.

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Dean Kamen, addressing the graduating class at WPI's 134th Commencement, shares his list of one hundred things one needs to succeed. "First - find an important problem to work on," he says. "Your education at WPI gave you the tools, now you get to pick the problem. The second is 'don't ever give up.' And the other 98 things just don't matter."
Dean Kamen honored parents during his talk, including his own, who would celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary the day after the ceremony.
Just after the ceremony, WPI President Edward Alton Parrish poses for a photo with Dean Kamen, who stands on his latest invention, the Segway Human Transporter.
Dean Kamen took part in the procession of graduates, riding his latest invention, the Segway Human Transporter, through Harrington Auditorium to the stage, where he "parked" it before the start of the ceremony.
In an early morning ceremony, 14 graduates who were participants in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) received their commissions in the United States Army, Navy or Air Force. Brigadier General Robert H. Latiff, vice commander, Electronic Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., administered the oath of office.
Honorary degree recipients, from left, David M. Lederman, Sheila Tobias, and George A. Cowan, relax with WPI President Edward Alton Parrish just after the completion of the Commencement exercises.
David M. Lederman, recipient of an honorary doctor of engineering degree, is hooded by Honorary Marshal Chrysanthe Demetry, professor of mechanical engineering, and Ceremonial Marshal John F. Carney, provost.
Ronald L. Zarrella '71, chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees, presents David M. Lederman with his honorary doctor of engineering degree.
Honorary Marshal Chrysanthe Demetry, professor of mechanical engineering, and Ceremonial Marshal John F, Carney, provost, hood Sheila Tobias, recipient of an her honorary doctor of science degree.
Sheila Tobias is congratulated by ceremonial Marshal John F. Carney, provost, left, and Ronald L. Zarrella '71, chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees. after receiving her honorary doctor of science degree.
George A. Cowan listens to President Parrish head the citation for his honorary doctor of science degree. Waiting to present Cowan with his degree and hood are, from left, Honorary Marshal Chrysanthe Demetry, professor of mechanical engineering, Ceremonial Marshal John F. Carney, provost, and Ronald L. Zarrella '71, Chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees.
George A. Cowan receives his honorary doctor of science degree from Ronald L. Zarrella '71, chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees.
WPI President Edward Alton Parrish concludes the 134th Commencement by addressing the graduating class, encouraging them to thank parents and families for their support and to make a commitment to lifelong learning.