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Class of 2021 Commencement 

We are very excited to offer our graduates the opportunity to participate in our 2021 Commencement Exercises with their two (2) guests. Reminder: Students must reserve their tickets by Monday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. Unfortunately due to our need to get the COVID Attestation form out to your guests, we cannot extend this deadline. 

On March 30, we sent out this update to the Class of 2021, which includes dates and times of the ceremonies planned for May.  

Due to the very tight timing between the end of classes and Commencement, along with state health and safety requirements limiting contact in transferring physical items from one person to another, individual diplomas will not be distributed at Commencement. Diplomas will be mailed in June. The Registrar’s Office will email graduating students in late May to verify the address on file to allow an opportunity for any necessary updates.

Please note that this page is continually under revision, and was revised on 5/9/2021. Continue to check this page for more details. 

For those who cannot attend commencement in person, the ceremonies will be live streamed on the day and time of each event. The videos for these events can be accessed from the commencement ceremony listing.

Class of 2020 Commencement News

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.

After being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university is looking forward to celebrating this important milestone with the undergraduate and graduate classes of 2020, and has recently determined dates for the Class of 2020 Commencement. On March 4, we sent out this message to members of the Class of 2020. 

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2021 Graduation signs

Grad Lawn Signs and Banners

Celebrate your #WPI2021 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.

Download Graduation 2020 Customizable PowerPoint Presentation

Multimedia for Commencement Celebrations

Whether you are hosting a family celebration at home or enjoying a virtual graduation party with friends from afar, access one of these multimedia files to add to the festivities. Add your own special messages and photos by downloading this customizable PowerPoint Presentation—or simply click play for the video version!


Commencement News

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

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.