May 16, 2011

Wentworth Awards 136 Degrees at Spring Commencement

Boston, MA – May 16, 2011 – Wentworth Institute of Technology held its Spring Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15, on the quadrangle of Wentworth’s campus. Of the 136 students (read student profiles) who graduated from the Institute, 50 students earned a bachelor’s degree, 9 students earned an Associate in Applied Science degree, and 77 students earned a Master of Architecture degree. The May commencement includes both December and May graduates. A second commencement ceremony is scheduled for August 21, 2011.

Honorary Doctor of Engineering Technology degrees were conferred to Mr. Sava Čvek, founder and principal, SCA Development International; and William H. Flanagan, Machine Construction & Tool Design ’51, Wentworth Corporator and benefactor. In addition, Wentworth presented honorary Bachelor of Technology degrees to alumni from the Class of 1961 in recognition and celebration of their 50th class reunion and induction into Wentworth’s Black and Gold Society.

In his commencement address to the graduating students, Mr. Čvek offered thoughtful advice in the context of two lessons: keep learning and be great by remaining true to your own values. As a successful architect and international businessman, he promoted the importance of the global economy and shared his perspective on the information-based economy and conducting business in today’s competitive environment, “Embrace this future and learn how to win.” He stressed the importance of being great at what you do, both professionally and personally, summing it up as “Being great is doing very simple things of kindness, every day of your life. As you leave this place today remember that learning is a fantastic journey, not a destination point.”

Student commencement speaker Brad Powers from the Electromechanical Engineering program was awarded the prestigious Beatty Award, named after Wentworth’s first president, Dr. H. Russell Beatty, for outstanding scholarship. Alumni Awards, which recognize students who achieve the highest grade point average in each program, were presented to graduates Alexis Rae Rodriguez-Carlson (electromechanical engineering) and Greg F. McKenna (architectural technology, College of Professional and Continuing Education).

In his student address, Brad Powers eloquently reflected on the collective efforts of his fellow classmates and shared his thoughts on the importance of technology in their lives, saying “[It] moves and invigorates us. It awakens our spirit; it’s the power that drives us−to create.” In his closing remarks, he summed up the graduating class as “incurable optimists, skilled and educated from our years here to see solutions in any problem. We are a generation of creators, changers, doers born into a world of problems created by decisions made before we were born. As we leave here today we are determined to use our pragmatic resolve, our Wentworth education, our desire to make better−to again alter the course of technology in our world.”  

Representing the Wentworth Alumni Association (WAA), Dana DeMatteo, BUC ’85, presented a $20,000 check from the WAA to be used toward scholarships for future generations of Wentworth students.

The ceremony included the academic processional, conferring of honorary degrees, recognition of outstanding students, student address, presentation of graduates, conferring of degrees by President Zorica Pantić, conferring of honorary degrees to the Class of 1961 graduates and newly inducted Black and Gold Society members, and the commencement address by Mr. Čvek.

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