WORCESTER, MASS – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) began its 149th Commencement celebrations with the graduate students’ ceremony on May 11, awarding nearly 800 masters and doctoral degrees. Justin Okay of Pulaski, N.Y., was awarded a master of engineering degree in power systems engineering.
President Laurie A. Leshin and Board of Trustees Chairman Jack T. Mollen presided over the ceremony, which included the awarding of an honorary doctor of science degree to Audrey Carlan ’57, who received the first graduate degree awarded by WPI to a woman-15 years before the first female undergraduates were awarded degrees.
“Today, as I look out at all of you, I am struck most by the amazing potential for breaking new ground that I see here in front of me,” said Leshin.
The keynote address was given by Deborah Wince-Smith, president and CEO of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Wince-Smith, a key leader in recharging the national debate on competitiveness, innovation, and resilience, also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.