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The Month in Photos: May 2019

June 5, 2019
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This past month was a busy one at WPI, but when it comes right down to it, what’s May if not one big Commencement party? Check out everything the WPI community was up to last month—from GMOs to graduation caps—through the lenses of our talented staff photographers and videographers.

WPI's 2019 Undergraduate Commencement Celebration

What’s better than receiving your undergraduate degree on a beautiful day in front of friends and family?

…Nothing, actually.


ROTC cadets march down to the Commencement stage on the Quad.

32 cadets—18 of whom were WPI students—were accepted into the ranks of the officers of the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force during the 2019 ROTC Joint Commissioning Ceremony.


Members of the women's rowing team hold their trophies high in celebration.

The women’s rowing team earned a second-place finish at the NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championship, representing the best-ever by a team at a national championship in more than 125 years of WPI varsity athletics.


Various pride flags are displayed above the stage in Alden Memorial as part of the Lavender Commencement Celebration.

The first Lavender Commencement Celebration honored graduating LGBTQIA+ seniors in Alden Memorial.


Peggy Isaacson, Laurie Leshin, and Laura Rosen smile together following the Town Hall meeting.

Following the biannual Town Hall meeting, copy editor and designer Peggy Isaacson and director of the Office of Accessibility Services Laura Rosen were each presented with the 2019 Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Staff Member.


WPI's 2019 Graduate Commencement Ceremony Celebration

Hundreds of graduate students celebrated their new alumni status with friends and family before taking a well-deserved 24-hour nap.


Students gather on the stage and smile for a photo during the Multicultural Commencement Ceremony.

The second annual Multicultural Graduation Celebration was held in Alden Memorial.


A mother and her young daughter watch members of the WPI Pep Band perform outside of the Bartlett Center from under the shade of the beech tree.

A future member of the Class of 2035 enjoys some music during Alumni Weekend 2019.


A musical duo performs the violin and piano on the Commencement stage.

We took a break from the hustle and bustle of Commencement week for the 2019 Baccalaureate ceremony, an intimate, low-key evening full of guest speakers and live music.


Head women's rowing coach Jason Steele and Sarah St. Pierre together at the awards ceremony. They're both wearing red WPI rowing gear and smiling, and Sarah is holding a trophy.

Sarah St. Pierre ’19 (pictured with women's rowing head coach Jason Steele) closed out her senior year in style, receiving the Elite 90 award for the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championship. She joins Tim Petri ’17 as WPI’s only Elite 90 honorees.


WPI chemical engineering professor Eric Young is part of a multi-institution research team that is developing a biosecurity tool to detect engineered microorganisms based on their unique DNA signatures alt
WPI chemical engineering professor Eric Young is part of a multi-institution research team that is developing a biosecurity tool to detect engineered microorganisms based on their unique DNA signatures

Assistant professor of chemical engineering Eric Young is part of a research team working to develop a biosecurity tool that will detect genetically engineering organisms released into the environment.


WPI and National Academy of Inventors

Someone call Jimmy Neutron—students and faculty celebrated the second year in a row where a record number of patents and licenses were filed and received during the annual meeting of WPI’s chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.


A beauty photo of the middle of campus surrounded by trees and flowers.

Sure is nice that it doesn’t get dark at 4:00 anymore.


Ryan Wittenberg runs past students from other schools on the track.

Ryan Wittenberg ’19 capped off his senior year with a seventh-place finish in the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning his second career All-America honor in the process.


K9 Bella curls up for a quick nap on a chair in the Foisie Innovation Studio.

Everyone needs a break after the whirlwind that is Commencement week—including K9 Bella.