Letter to Degree Recipients

February, 2015

To our Class of 2015 Degree Candidates:

Congratulations on your approaching graduation! This year's Commencement weekend is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, 2015. This letter provides some basic information to assist you in making plans to participate in this monumental event. Everything you need to know is on the Commencement website, located here. It is very important that you fill out and submit the Commencement participation form available on the Commencement website.

Here is the most important information that degree candidates need to know:

The "Salute to the Class of 2015" will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. At this event you can purchase caps and gowns, class rings, announcements etc. All students must order their academic regalia via the on-line site located here. Orders must be placed by March 18, 2015 in order to pick-up regalia at the Salute to the Class of 2015 on April 1. You may pay when you pick-up your regalia at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

The Baccalaureate Ceremony is Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in Alden Hall. The Baccalaureate program is planned by seniors and involves graduating seniors providing speeches that reflect on their experiences as a WPI student. Additionally, the program includes a special guest keynote speaker and musical performances by graduating seniors. This program typically lasts 60 minutes, and is followed by a reception. Many students and families go to dinner afterwards.

Commencement Day is Saturday May 16, 2015 and features the following events:
The ROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be held in Alden Memorial at 8:30 a.m.
The Commencement Ceremony will begin on the Quadrangle at 11:00 a.m. It is important that all degree candidates return to their seats after you receive your degree and remain seated until the recessional at the end of commencement.

Commencement Rehearsal for undergraduate degree candidates will be on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM in Harrington Auditorium.

Commencement Rehearsal for graduate degree candidates will be on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM in Harrington Auditorium.

Family members who cannot travel will be able to watch the Commencement Weekend Events via live streaming media. A link will be posted on the Commencement webpage. Plenty of auxiliary seating will be available on-campus so that guests can sit indoors and view the Commencement ceremony on closed-circuit television.

Visit the Commencement web site noted above for much more information on this important event!


Gregory Snoddy
Adam Epstein
Commencement Weekend Administrative Marshalls

Please Note: This letter is sent to all degree candidates. It is not an official notice that these candidates will graduate. (Degree candidates are students expected to graduate upon successful completion of all degree requirements.)


Information concerning commencement will be updated on a continual basis on the commencement Web site.

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