August 22, 2011
Wentworth’s Summer Commencement
Boston, MA – August 21, 2011 – Wentworth Institute of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony on Sunday, August 21, at the Bank of America Pavilion. The Institute awarded 598 Bachelor of Science degrees and 46 Associate in Applied Science degrees to 644 students. This year, the first cohort of students from the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program, which is focused on persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and supported by the National Science Foundation, graduated from the Institute. In addition, Wentworth’s College of Professional and Continuing Education graduated its first class from the Electrical Union Local 103, a class of 29 students who earned associate degrees in engineering technology.
In her address to the students, commencement speaker Marianne Heer, senior vice president at SAP North America Services Delivery, shared three core lessons that she has learned in her career. “Know your core values and find an environment with people who respect and share those values,” Heer told the graduates. “Once you’ve found that setting, don’t hold back–give it your all and great things will happen. And finally, surround yourself with the smartest people you can find–they will make you better!”
Lindsey Fortunato, a graduating architecture student, provided the student address. She reminisced about the last four years and the shared student experiences of campus life. She recognized the triumphs and challenges and how the students always knew they were “preparing themselves for success” and “never stopped looking ahead.” In a fitting conclusion to her address, Ms. Fortunato simply stated, “We did it.”
Frank Fodera from the computer science 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 Rebecca Lynn Medeiros, Architecture; Mark Dohle, Civil Engineering Technology; Shaun Hines, Computer Engineering Technology; Monahy Almotary, Computer Networking; Bao Phan, Computer Science; Trevor Young, Construction Management; Tuong Vu, Electronic Engineering Technology; Kelly Gooltz, Facilities Planning and Management; Michael McDuffee, Industrial Design; Kelsey Layman, Interior Design; Kyle Richardson, Management; Caylee Johanson, Mechanical Engineering Technology; Joseph Masello, Building Construction (College of Professional and Continuing Education); and Adam Underwood, Construction Management (College of Professional and Continuing Education).
An honorary Doctor of Engineering Technology degree was conferred upon the commencement speaker, Ms. Heer.
The ceremony included the academic processional, conferring of the honorary degree, recognition of outstanding students, student address, presentation of graduates, conferring of degrees by President Zorica Pantić, and the commencement address by Ms. Heer.
- Dennis Nealon