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.
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 10 and May 12, more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students took their final walk as students over Earle Bridge to receive their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. Learn more about this year's commencement speakers and honorees.