WPI President Laurie Leshin speaks at Commencement

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2022 WPI Commencement Week Schedule

In person events to be held May 12-14, 2022, on the WPI Quadrangle, 100 Institute Road, Worcester
May 04, 2022

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will hold a series of commencement ceremonies to honor its class of 2022. This year, 1,200 undergraduates and nearly 800 graduate students will receive their degrees during separate events. This year also marks President Laurie Leshin’s final commencement exercises before stepping down to become the Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


Graduate Commencement -- Thursday, May 12, 5:00 pm

Speaker: Sethuraman Panchanathan, PhD, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony -- Friday, May 13, 1:30 pm

The Worcester Consortium of Colleges Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) will hold a ceremony in which cadets in the Army, Navy, and Air Force programs at Anna Maria College, Assumption University, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Fitchburg State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell will be commissioned as officers.

Commissioning Officer: Brigadier General Virginia I. Gaglio, Chief of Staff and Air Component Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard

Undergraduate Commencement -- Saturday, May 14, 10:00 am

SpeakerRochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Honorary Degree Recipients:

  • Lesley Small ’72, the first woman to receive an undergraduate degree from WPI


Members of the media wishing to cover any or all of these events in person must have WPI-issued credentials and a parking pass and must RSVP to

WPI Senior Public Relations Manager Jack Levy at jlevy2@wpi.edu or 508-831-6486 by

Tuesday, May 10, to attend the graduate ceremony

Wednesday, May 11, to attend the ROTC commissioning ceremony

Thursday, May 12, to attend the undergraduate ceremony

NOTE: High-res photos and broadcast quality video will be available upon request.