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WPI Announces Its Commencement Week 2016 Schedule

Events to be held May 12–14

May 3, 2016
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will hold a series of ceremonies to honor its Class of 2016. This year, nearly 900 undergraduate and 300 graduate students will receive their degrees during separate events. The university will also host a commissioning ceremony for cadets of the Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC programs. All events will be held on the WPI Quadrangle, 100 Institute Road, Worcester.

Thursday, May 12

What

Graduate Students Commencement Exercises

Who

France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will deliver the keynote address to some 300 graduate students receiving master’s and postdoctoral degrees. The NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

When

5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13

What

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Who

The Worcester Consortium of Colleges for WPI Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) will hold a joint ceremony in which cadets in the Army, Navy, and Air Force programs at Fitchburg State University, the College of the Holy Cross, WPI, Worcester State University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell will be commissioned as officers. The 2016 Commissioning Officer will be Thomas G. Kelley, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), a Congressional Medal of Honor awardee.

When

12:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

What

Undergraduate Students Commencement Exercises

Who

Reshma Saujani, Founder and President of Girls Who Code, will deliver the keynote address to more than 900 undergraduates receiving bachelor’s degrees. Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology.

When

10:00 a.m.

Media Credentials and Parking

Members of the media wishing to cover any or all of these events must have WPI-issued credentials. To obtain credentials and parking pass, contact:

Colleen Bamford Wamback
WPI Public Relations Specialist
cbwamback@wpi.edu or media@wpi.edu
508-831-6775 (office)
508-688-4858 (cell)

Other parking and event information can be found here.