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On March 31, 2020, the university announced it would be necessary to postpone the in-person May 14 and 16 Commencement exercises. Additional details can be found here.

WPI’s Commencement Exercises are a time of celebration for our graduates, their families, and friends. All Commencement related events (Baccalaureate, ROTC Commissioning, Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremonies) are held on the Quadrangle under a tent with 4000 chairs to accommodate guests. These ceremonies will be streaming live on the WPI website and at all indoor viewing locations.

WPI’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours, and the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours.

As a reminder, for Saturday's undergraduate ceremony, each undergraduate student candidate will receive up to 4 tickets for guest seating under the tent. Each ticket will be scanned, and then a wristband will be placed on guests wrist. Once scanned, tickets are voided. Entrance gates for (ticketed) tent seating will open at 7:30 a.m.; seating under the tent is first-come, first-served. Seats may not be reserved prior to 7:30 a.m.

ON-CAMPUS INDOOR LIVE STREAM VIEWING LOCATIONS:  For guests that do not have a ticket for tent seating.

Thursday: Foisie Innovation Studio Amphitheater Video Wall and Harrington Auditorium (starting at 5:00 p.m.), 

Saturday: Foisie Innovation Studio Amphitheatre Video Wall, Diamond Lounge, and Rooms 105, 203, 205. Harrington Auditorium (beginning at 10:00 a.m.); Rubin Campus Center Odeum, Hagglund Room and Mid-Century Room.

In the event of rain, plastic bags will be provided to cover student diplomas. All graduates will receive their diplomas when their name is called and they walk across the stage. 

So that every family may equally enjoy and remember our Commencement Ceremonies, please take only two (2) commencement programs per family.

For any of the commencement events, guests may enter the tent at the General Guest entrances. Only on Saturday are tickets required for entrance. 

We appreciate your understanding as our security personnel will be conducting random checks of camera bags, backpacks, and other large items on Commencement day.