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Spring Commencement

Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Graduates in caps and gowns at commencement.

Celebrate Commencement on social media with the #GraduWIT hashtag.

Wentworth's Spring Commencement ceremony will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. 

The Ceremony

Commencement will begin at 2:00 p.m. Typically, Commencement runs for approximately two hours.

Students should plan to arrive at the BCEC at 12:30 p.m. and report to the second floor, Room 205AB with their cap and gown in hand, ready to robe. Students need to be lined up by 1:30 p.m. with the procession starting to march at 1:50 p.m.

Staff and faculty volunteers must arrive by 11:00 a.m.

All other guests may arrive between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. Proceed to the Ballroom Foyer on the third level. 

After the event, students should return to Room 205A to collect personal items. The exit is located on Level 1 in the North Lobby.

Cant's be here in person? Watch the event live at wit.edu/livestream. 


Directions

The BCEC is located at 415 Summer Street in Boston, Mass. Directions and Parking Information

Valet parking is available at a cost of $30 per vehicle. 

Self-parking is available at the BCEC South Lot A at a cost of $18 per vehicle. Shuttle busses will drop guests off at the BCEC main entrance on Summer St.

Lodging

Information on area hotels can be found at the BCEC website.

Accessibility

The BCEC are ADA friendly and equipped with accessibility in mind. A limited number of wheelchairs are available free-of-charge for guests. For personal assistance, please contact 617-954-2222 (BCEC).

On-Site Amenities

The Wentworth Bookstore will set up at the BCEC from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Ballroom Foyer of Level 3.

The Outtakes Concession stand will be open from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the North Lobby on Level 1. Coat check is available in the same area.

Bathrooms are conveniently located on each floor.

Questions and Answers

Please email commencement@wit.edu with questions about the ceremony. Please note that we are not able to honor requests for additional tickets to the ceremony.

Cap + Gown Celebration

Monday, April 2, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room, Beatty Hall

Tickets

Each graduate will receive seven guest tickets for the ceremony. There will be no additional tickets available. Tickets may be picked up at the Cap + Gown Celebration.

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

Houssam Sleiman, director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Port Authority-Logan International Airport, will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary degree. Faisal Al Shawaf, Wentworth alumnus and president of Saudconsult, the oldest and largest engineering and architectural firm in Saudi Arabia, will also receive an honorary degree. 

Houssam “Sam” Sleiman has over 35 years of extensive experience in the design and construction industry. In October 1993, he joined the Massachusetts Port Authority, where he has held several positions, most recently as the director of capital programs and environmental affairs. As the head of capital programs, Sleiman directs the overall management of the Authority’s capital investment program, safety program, utilities management, in-house project design, and environmental permitting and management.

Sleiman is a licensed registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a certified construction manager (CCM). He is an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and local chapters BSCE and CMAA-NE.Sleiman is a licensed registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a certified construction manager (CCM). He is an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and local chapters BSCE and CMAA-NE.

Sleiman is a past chair for the CMAA national board. He is also a member of Northeastern University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Industrial Advisory Board.

Sleiman was inducted to the CMAA’s College of Fellows in 2017, and the National Academy of Construction (NAC) in 2016. Sleiman was named one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) “Top 25 Newsmakers of 2009,” and was awarded “Person of the Year for 2009” by the New England Chapter of CMAA.

Sleiman holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.

Sleiman has been married to his wife, Heidi, for 35 years. They have two sons, Kamal and Rami.

Wentworth alumnus Faisal Al Shawaf will also receive an honorary doctor of engineering degree for his outstanding professional career, leadership, and support of the Institute. Al Shawaf is the president of Saudconsult, the oldest and largest engineering and architectural firm in Saudi Arabia.

Al Shawaf earned an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Wentworth in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in building construction technology from the Institute in 1995. Saudconsult, an award-winning firm with 50 years of experience in the field, is the largest privately-owned engineering and architectural company in Saudi Arabia. Founded in 1965 by Mr. Al Shawaf’s father, Dr. Tarek M. A. Al Shawaf, the firm comprises a work force of more than 2,000 engineers, architects, consultants, designers, technicians, and support staff.