Baccalaureate Ceremony

Baccalaureate Ceremony

The Baccalaureate Ceremony is planned and performed by members of the Senior Class, and offers a quieter, more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this important life event. The program includes a special guest speaker (selected by the Baccalaureate Committee), fellow seniors sharing their reflections of their experience during their time at WPI, and students' musical and dance talents. As this is a wonderful event celebrating our student's achievements, all WPI graduating students and their parents and guests, whether undergraduate or graduate, are expected to attend. 

A live stream of this event will be available 


Baccalaureate Ceremony

The Baccalaureate Ceremony for the senior class is a cherished moment during Commencement Weekend, with the 60-minute program designed and delivered by WPI students, featuring musical performances, student speeches of their time while at WPI, and an inspirational guest speaker, all selected by the Senior Class Baccalaureate Program Committee. It is the last time for the senior class to be together as a class before their graduation.

Taking place on Friday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. under the tent on the Quad, tickets are not required for this program, and all friends and family members are invited to attend. 

This event will be livestreamed on Youtube.

Below are the musical performers and speakers from the 2022 Baccalaureate Program. 

Musical Performer: Julia Meisser


Musical Performers: Evan Sauter, Will Buchta, Jonathan Ferreira

Tesla Coil Performance 


2022 Baccalaureate Speaker: Pradnya Mahurkar

2022 Baccalaureate Speaker: Layal Hamze

Guest Speaker: Carla Ferrara 

Carla Ferrara is a Holistic Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness Practitioner using Functional Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts not only to empower people but to help them heal both mind and body through their chronic illness. 

In partnership with the client, she uncovers the sources of symptoms, incorporates the powerful holistic methods to unburden the body of toxins and infection, and addresses immune system rebuilding and health generation as part of a personalized treatment plan to guide patients to recovery. By using a variety of food, movement and lifestyle changes, and partnering with doctors and other practitioners, she offers a multiprong approach to support the different body systems and layers needed to heal.

Carla Ferrara received a BS in Electrical Engineering at WPI and an MS in Electrical Engineering at RPI. Her certifications include Fitness Instructor, Personal Training, Holistic Health Counselor, Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner, Hashimoto’s Practitioner, Yoga RYT 200 certification, Fascial System training, and Clinical Lyme Disease Practitioner Training.

The 2022 Baccalaureate Committee 

The Baccalaureate Committee Members are:

Jorgo Gushi, Chair

Daniel Enriquez

Abigail Goyette

Theresa Larson

Donovan Tames

Kim Wykes, Advisor

Class of 2022 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors Are:


Josh Alasso
Ardy Ardhaldjian
Aman Bhatti
Michael Biando
Grete Bressner
Camila Carvalho
Ella Deane
Hoang (John) Do
Benjamin English
Lucas Fernandes
Meredith Gauthier
Devin Guerrera
Lauren Guerrero
Maggie Gunville
Hailey Hanscom
Alexandra Harrison
Brittany Henriques
David Ibrahimi
Mitchell Jacobs
Tyreese James
Leshka Jankowski
Zoe Januszewski
Meenakshi Kodali
Sophie Kurdziel
Danielle LaBlanc
Hung-En (Andy) Li
Bryan Lima
Sarah MacDonald
Matthew Maloney
Joshua Martin
Rose McGovern
Isabelle Mellor
Brendan Merritt
Matthew O'Donnell
Katherine O'Leary
Sophia Puch
Nicole Racca
Elizabeth Roberts
Kwesi Sakyi
Corinne Saucier
Eliza  Smith
Kathryn Tarantino
Isabella Troop
Danielle Upton

Photography from Past Baccalaureate Ceremonies

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