Commencement

WPI’s 140th Commencement

WPI’s 140th Commencement

WPI’s 140th Commencement brought together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors from near and far on the campus Quadrangle, where 1,089 bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees were awarded in May.

Honorary degrees were conferred upon Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric Co. and keynote speaker at Commencement; Woodie Flowers, Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, emeritus, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Richard Lyman, president emeritus of Stanford University, J. E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities, emeritus, and FSI Senior Fellow in Stanford’s History Department; and Elizabeth “Jing” Lyman, social entrepreneur and founder and co-chair of the National Coalition for Women’s Enterprise.

Additionally, the Chairman’s Exemplary Prize—established in 2007 through the personal philanthropy of Donald Peterson ’71, chair of the WPI Board of Trustees—was presented to two outstanding WPI faculty members. David Adams, professor of biology and biotechnology, and Alexander Emanuel, professor of electrical and computer engineering, each received a prize of $10,000.

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