2009 Commencement

The world needs people with passion, creativity, and drive. And, according to 2009 Commencement speaker Ursula Burns, the world needs people who will ask questions and challenge convention. "We're finding that some of our old assumptions and ideas don't work anymore, and we can use people who are willing to ask 'Why do we do it that way?' and 'How can we do it better?'" said Burns, now CEO of Xerox Corp.

Burns spoke during WPI's 141st Commencement, held on the campus quadrangle on Saturday, May 16. During the ceremony, 617 bachelor of science degrees, one bachelor of arts (the first BA awarded in WPI's history), 312 master's degrees, and 25 PhDs were awarded. Honorary degrees were conferred upon Burns, as well as Helen Greiner, co-founder and former president of Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot Corp.; George C. Messenger Jr. '51, owner and vice president of Las Vegas, Nev.-based Messenger and Associates, and a recognized authority on transient radiation effects on electronics; and Charles M. Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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