With WPI’s switch to separate commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students comes a more customized and personal degree-receiving experience for each class. This year is the first time bachelor’s degrees will be awarded separately from master’s and PhDs in two events, instead of in the same long ceremony on a crowded Quad. As associate dean of students Greg Snoddy notes, it allows opportunities for a less-generic ceremony for each.
Shaymus Hudson, who is earning a PhD in materials science and engineering, will speak to the audience of families and friends on Thursday, when master’s and doctoral candidates receive their degrees. Rebecca Stolarczyk, who is earning a BS in biomedical engineering with a minor in bioinformatics and computational biology, speaks on Saturday, May 14.
Hudson, who earned a BS in materials science and engineering from MIT in 2012, is from Buena Vista, Va. In addition to research activities while at WPI, he has served on the Material Advantage Chapter Board, Graduate Student Government, Provost Search Committee, Committee for Graduate Studies and Research, and the WPI Undergraduate Research Journal editorial board.