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
Graduate Students Commencement Exercises
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.
Friday, May 13
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
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.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Undergraduate Students Commencement Exercises
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.
Media Credentials and Parking
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