Commencement

Sunday, August 20, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Graduates in caps and gowns at commencement.

Celebrate Commencement on social media with the #GraduWIT hashtag.

The crowning achievement of any student’s journey, Commencement is a day to celebrate. 

The Summer 2017 Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 20, at 2:00 p.m. at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Due to limited space only ticketed guests will be admitted. Each graduate will receive six guest tickets.

Speaker: Art Zafiropoulo, EEP '60 

Recognized for his leadership and technical expertise in the semiconductor equipment industry, Art Zafiropoulo became president of global technology company Ultratech Stepper (later Ultratech) in 1990. In 1993, he led the management buyout and subsequently drove one of the industry’s most successful initial public offerings. Earlier this year, Ultratech merged with Veeco Instruments, Inc.

Prior to joining Ultratech, Zafiropoulo served as president of Semiconductor Equipment Group International, a subsidiary of General Signal Corporation. Previously, Zafiropoulo was founder and president of Drytek, a Wilmington, Mass.-based dry-etching company that was acquired by General Signal in 1986 and subsequently purchased by Lam Research Corporation.

Zafiropoulo is best known for leading the turnaround of Ultratech Stepper, for which VLSI Research inducted him into the Semiconductor Industry Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was honored with the first Bob Graham Award for Marketing Excellence by SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International). In 2007, after serving on SEMI’s board of directors for 11 years, Zafiropoulo was elected director emeritus to the board of directors.

The holder of more than 50 U.S. and international patents, Zafiropoulo is also the founder of Ferrari of Silicon Valley and cofounder of Scuderia Corsa, a championship sports car racing team.

Zafiropoulo graduated from Wentworth with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1960.