WORCESTER, MA (06/20/2014)(readMedia)-- A total of 1,193 degrees (794 bachelor's degrees, 381 master's, and 18 PhDs) were awarded during the university's commencement ceremony on May 17, 2014, which took place outdoors on the WPI quadrangle. Additionally, 381 degrees were awarded earlier this academic year.
Julie Eagle of Rock Island, Ill., was awarded a master of science degree in mechanical engineering.
Thousands of students, their families and friends, trustees, and other special guests were on hand to hear the inspirational messages delivered by keynote speaker, Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineers Without Borders. Honorary degrees were conferred upon Amadei; Robert A. Foisie '56, retired founder of Matik North America Inc.; Sheila M. Harrity, nationally recognized principal of Worcester Technical High School; and Stephen E. Rubin '74, entrepreneur and former chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees.
In his commencement address, Amadei gave the graduates a personal "call to action," noting that he was in the presence of graduates "who truly have the potential to help solve our world's great problems."
He also noted that WPI graduates are uniquely prepared to tackle such problems. "You have gained knowledge, ability, and skills during your time here," Amadei said. "You are equipped to be truly effective problem solvers. You have also been engaged in the humanities and were taught to think of your place in the global context of our world, and your place in the universe."
About Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation's first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. WPI's talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Perspective Program. There are more than 35 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.