2019 Commencement 

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.

Across two ceremonies on May 9 and May 11, more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students will take their final walk as students over Earle Bridge to receive their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. See this year's commencement speakers and honorees.

Visitors to WPI for Commencement Week events may choose to temporarily register for emergency alerts on their cellphone. Alerts on this system will be for emergencies only – no messaging of general Commencement information. To register, simply text “grad19” to 67283.  Registration will expire after one day.


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Take a look at this year's undergraduate ceremony, graduate ceremony, baccalaureate ceremony, and ROTC commissioning.

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.

Commencement Info on WPI Mobile App

One of the best ways to get the information and news you’re looking for about Commencement weekend is to download the WPI Mobile App to your smartphone or tablet. You will find items to help you plan your visit and navigate the campus, including campus maps and parking information. You can tap into the conversation about the festivities by following our social media feeds. You can even get a front-row seat to the various ceremonies by watching our live video streams. The app is available on the iTunes Store and Google Play.