A silhouette of a graduate standing on top of Earle Bridge.

The Month in Photos: May 2019

June 05, 2019

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.


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

…Nothing, actually.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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