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 ceremonies. Across the two ceremonies, more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students will take their final walk as students over Earle Bridge to receive their diplomas.

The Commencement Ceremony will include four honorary degree recipients, and the Chairman’s Exemplary Faculty Prize.

WPI’s 2017 graduate commencement exercises will be held at 5:00 pm, Thursday, May 11; undergraduate ceremonies will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 13.

Both will be held on the campus quadrangle.

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.