A family member takes a photo of a graduate while raising a fist in the air.

The Month in Photos: May 2022

June 06, 2022

As the dust settles from a whirlwind Commencement season full of celebrations, Earle Bridge crossing, and reflections on the conclusions of WPI journeys, let’s take a look back at what the WPI community was up to in May.

Nearly 1,200 undergraduate students crossed the Quad stage after earning their bachelor’s degrees on Saturday, May 14—and if that’s not worthy of a high five, well, we don’t know what is.

We wasted no time breaking out the signs and glasses in celebration of the over 750 students who earned master’s and doctoral degrees on Thursday, May 12.

21 cadets of the Army, Air Force, and Space Force ROTC were commissioned as officers in the U.S. military during the Worcester Consortium of Colleges ROTC Joint Service Commissioning Ceremony on Friday, May 13.



Julia Meisser ’22 contributed to an evening of musical performances and guest speakers as part of this year’s Baccalaureate Ceremony.

The Class of 2022 gift of a future hammocking space on campus focuses on something invaluable—the importance of fresh air, relaxation, and getting outside—and donors were invited to Laurie Leshin’s home for a celebratory gathering leading up to Commencement Week.

WPI’s Women’s Rowing finished third overall at the NCAA DIII Rowing Championships, but that’s not all—they won a national championship in the Varsity Eight race, the first one in 36 years.

Former president Leshin may have moved on to California, but her send-off ceremony was out of this world. Students, faculty, and staff gathered for an intergalactic celebration complete with food, drinks, music, and more than a few #PrezSelfies.

Laurie Leshin’s legacy at WPI will live on in more ways than one—including a building dedication that renamed the Project Center as the Laurie A. Leshin Global Project Center in recognition of her tireless efforts and focus on building upon and expanding WPI’s status as a global leader in project-based education. 

Faculty and staff who retired during the pandemic returned to WPI to join friends and former coworkers for a long-awaited and well-deserved celebration of their hard work and dedication to the university community.

One of WPI’s alumni groups, Tech Old Timers, wrapped up the academic year with a meeting in Higgins House.

WPI Softball was also championship-bound, winning the Super Regional Championship title and securing the team’s first-ever berth in the NCAA DIII Softball finals.

NASA recently hosted its first in-person Lunabotics Artemis Student Challenge since the pandemic began, and a team of WPI students has been working hard to compete alongside 46 schools from across the country.

On the research front, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Ulkuhan Guler has been awarded a $500,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a wearable sensor to measure oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in a patient’s blood.

Juniors who collaborated on project work at Paxton’s Farm Stay Project Center had the opportunity to share their final IQP presentations at the end of D-Term.

To round out May’s athletic achievements, WPI’s Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams competed in this year’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Oliver Thomas, Katy Nippert, Skylar Barthelmes, and women’s 4x100 meters relay received All-American honors, while Women’s Track & Field tied at 9th for the highest-ever finish at the NCAA Championship meet.