Celebrating as a Community
Each spring, over 1000 men and women, bedecked in black robes and mortarboards, march across Earle Bridge to the Quadrangle, where they receive their hard-earned degrees from WPI's president. It is a time for looking forward to lives and careers that wait just beyond the horizon, and to cherish the memories of accomplishments, friendships and events that have come before.
Commencement at WPI stretches all the way back to 1871 when the university sent the 16 young men of its very first graduating class out into the world. On May 11, 2013, WPI celebrated this year’s graduates. President Dennis Berkey praised the graduates saying, "You have achieved at the highest levels – in the classrooms, on your project teams, on our playing fields, on the stage, and in the theatre; you have brought substance, texture, and vitality to the university's social and cultural life."