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2020 Commencement Ceremonies

WPI’s Commencement Ceremony dates back to 1871 when the university sent the 16 young men of its very first graduating class out into the world. WPI celebrates the completion of graduate and undergraduate degree requirements with two separate graduation ceremonies.

On March 31, 2020, the university announced it would be necessary to postpone the in-person May 14 and 16 commencement exercises. Additional details can be found below and here (updated as of 4/16/20).

Diplomas will be mailed to students starting in mid-June. Please note that our regalia vendor is currently closed due to the COVID-19 virus; therefore, at this time, regalia is not available. However....when we do have an in-person ceremony, all students will be able to order their regalia on-line. 


 

Your day. Your accomplishments. Your future.

Celebrating the WPI Class of 2020

When you first crossed Earle Bridge at the beginning of your WPI journey, it was with the knowledge that you’d cross it again on your way to becoming a WPI graduate. And you will. You’ll take the walk through campus to the Quad that’s been years in the making, the one you’ve been waiting for. In the meantime, I hope you’ll take a special one with me today.

Frequently Asked Questions


Will Commencement be canceled or delayed? 

We’re disappointed to announce that with the pandemic still active and unpredictable, we have made the decision to postpone Commencement 2020 to a future date. We are actively working on a plan to celebrate our students’ achievements and are soliciting input from students, parents and friends to help us reimagine these important celebrations. Read more in the April 16 message to students and families.

As a member of the Class of 2020, will I still graduate and receive my degree? 

Yes. Students who are on file to graduate in May and complete their degree requirements will graduate, with degree conferral dates of May 14 for graduate degrees and May 16 for undergraduate degrees. Once all grades, CDRs and ETDs are submitted, the Registrar will review students for completion and will post honors for undergraduate students. Students are able to check their graduation status on Bannerweb.

When will I receive my diploma?

Members of the Class of 2020 will receive their diplomas in the mail starting in mid-June to the address supplied when they applied to graduate. As noted previously, the official degree conferral dates will be May 14 for graduate degrees and May 16 for undergraduate degrees.

When will Commencement for the Class of 2020 be held?

A date has not yet been determined, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We know that Commencement is THE CELEBRATION that students and families have anxiously been awaiting. We recognize that Commencement is an important part of the student experience, and we are actively working on a plan to celebrate our students’ achievements. We are soliciting input from students, parents and friends to help us reimagine this important celebration. Read more in the April 16 message to students and families.

What about my Regalia? I already ordered it.

Unfortunately our regalia vendor is closed due to the COVID-19 virus. As we develop plans for a reimagined Commencement 2020, we will provide updates regarding regalia as well. 

Have questions that are not answered here? Email commencement@wpi.edu

Grad Lawn Signs and Banners

Celebrate your #WPI2020 with a personalized lawn sign or banner. AlphaGraphics Printing in Worcester is offering a quick turnaround and shipping time on lawn signs and banners, fulfilling a request from many families.

Multimedia for Commencement Celebrations

Whether you are hosting a virtual graduation party or enjoying a small celebration at home, download one of these multimedia files to add to the festivities. Add your own special messages and photos to the customizable PowerPoint Presentation or open the video link and download—or simply click play!

 

 

Stories of the Class of 2020

Whether they were with us for their bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree, the Class of 2020 has had an everlasting impact not only on the WPI community, but on communities locally and around the globe. It’s been a privilege to be a part of their remarkable journeys and to witness their amazing accomplishments and transformations as they become the leaders of tomorrow. Here are just a few of their inspirational stories.

WPI Earle Bridge

Commencement News

Maria DeJesus, Shelter Director at Friendly House, with Gordon Hargrove, Executive Director alt
Maria DeJesus, Shelter Director at Friendly House, with Gordon Hargrove, Executive Director
May 10, 2019

WPI Commencement through the Years

On July 26, 1871, sixteen students took part at the first Commencement ceremony of the Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science. Commencement exercises were held in the Chapel at Boynton Hall.