WPI to Award 938 Degrees at 138th Commencement

Curt Carlson ‘67, President and CEO of SRI International, to Deliver Address

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will award 938 degrees at its 138th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 20, including 641 bachelor of science degrees, a total of 267 master's degrees (236 master of science, 11 master of engineering, 6 master of mathematics for educators, and 14 MBA) and 30 Ph.D.s.

Among the graduates will be the first student to receive a bachelor's degree from WPI's innovative new program in Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD). Run jointly by the university's Computer Science and Humanities and Arts departments, the program combines the technical and artistic aspects of game development and other types of interactive media. Andrew Bangs of Temple, N.H., completed the requirements for two majors: IMGD and computer science.

Here are the details about WPI's 2006 Commencement:


The Quadrangle, WPI Campus (rain location, Harrington Auditorium)


Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2006


Curtis R. Carlson '67, president and CEO of SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., an independent, nonprofit global research institute, often referred to as "the soul of the Silicon Valley" for developing such world-changing innovations as the computer mouse, the cell phone, electronic banking, and high-definition television. Carlson's address, "A World of Abundance," is available upon request.

Honorary Degrees:

Honorary Doctor of Science degrees will be presented to:

  • Curtis Carlson
  • Marian Heard, former president and CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, who helped develop a host of innovative programs that have made a major difference in the lives of children and families.
  • Tjama Tjivikua, founder and rector of the Polytechnic Institute of Namibia, the first technological university in the southwest African nation.

Of Special Interest

  • Kevin J. Kelly of Stamford, Conn., will receive a bachelor of science degree on Saturday with the Class of 2006. He first enrolled at WPI in 1971, with the Class of 1975. He completed all of his degree requirements, but one: his Major Project. After working in industry for three decades, he decided to return to campus to complete the project and receive his degree. Now a senior software engineer with Northrop Grumman Norden Systems in Norwalk, Conn., Kelly, for his project, wrote a report, based on his experiences in the area of radar software and systems development, which he believes will be useful to other engineers in the field. [Note: Kelly will not be attending the graduation ceremony on Saturday].
  • Daniel K. Gilbreath '06 of Spencer, Mass., is the fifth member of his immediate family to graduate from WPI. All four of Daniel's older sisters-Larissa (Class of 2000), Amelia and Emily (Class of 2001), and Tanya (Class of 2004)—attended WPI. Daniel is an electrical and computer engineering major and a playwright. His play Treasures, co-authored with Sarah Pavis '06, has been accepted as a semifinalist in the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Original Short Play Festival.
  • Among the master's students receiving their degrees on Saturday will be the first 10 students to receive a new interdisciplinary master of science degree in systems engineering. The program, delivered by faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science departments, is available to employees at Raytheon Company in Marlborough, Mass. The graduates were honored at a ceremony at Raytheon on May 12, at which U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern (Dem., MA) delivered the keynote address.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of the nation's first and leading scientific, engineering and technological universities. Its 18 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. WPI's world-class faculty work with students in a number of cutting-edge research areas, leading to breakthroughs and innovations in such fields as biotechnology, fuel cells, information security, and nanotechnology.