May 06, 2013

Congratulations, Graduates!

The class of 2013 celebrates success

Boston, MA – May 6, 2013 – Wentworth Institute of Technology held its Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 5, on the quadrangle of Wentworth’s campus. Of the 196 students who graduated from the Institute, 78 students earned a bachelor of science degree, 15 students earned an associate in applied science degree, 81 students earned a master of architecture degree, and 22 students earned a master of science in construction management degree.  

Wentworth presented honorary Bachelor of Technology degrees to alumni from the Class of 1963 in recognition and celebration of their 50th class reunion and induction into Wentworth’s Black and Gold Society.

Christopher J. Coleman, director of global design for Google Inc., delivered the commencement address to students. He challenged the graduates on the new age of future of design, creativity, innovation and beauty. “What is going to be your simple ingredient when you are designing and creating the new life? It’s usually right in front of your face and no one notices.” He implored the audience to “Think big—times ten. Have a healthy disregard for the impossible.”

Honorary Doctor of Engineering Technology degrees were conferred upon Mr. Coleman and Louis C. Beggs, Machine Construction & Tool Design ’43.

Megan Ashleigh Joiner 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 Christopher Paul Hashem (electromechanical engineering); Adam M. Sniegocki (building construction management–bachelor’s program, College of Professional and Continuing Education); and Daniel Timothy Flynn, (engineering technology–associate program, College of Professional and Continuing Education).

Thomas Fuller, a graduating electromechanical engineering student, provided the student address. He discussed the dream of space, and asked his graduating class to not “let your dream of space fall by the wayside…keep the dream alive.” He asked the graduating class to “Use the tools Wentworth has given you, you strive to be great. And when you finally make it, that satisfaction will feel so good, you’d think it was a dream.”

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 Christopher Coleman.

The May commencement includes both December and May graduates. A second commencement ceremony is scheduled for August 25, 2013.

(Read a recent Q&A with Chris Coleman.)

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