WORCESTER – In May, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) awarded 907 bachelor’s degrees during the university’s 148th commencement ceremony. Two of the students were from Framingham
- Kai Tang was awarded a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.
- Nathan Alvord was awarded a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with high distinction.
This year’s undergraduate address was given by Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to equip girls in grades 6 through 12 with computing skills and help close the gender gap in technology.
Saujani also received an honorary doctorate in science. Through its summer immersion program and clubs, Girls Who Code is a leader in a growing movement to inspire and educate young women to pursue 21st century opportunities.
In a surprise following Saujani’s keynote address, WPI president Laurie Leshin announced a new scholarship program with Girls Who Code, committing $100,000 to establish the WPI/GWC Alumni Scholarship.
The first-of-its-kind scholarship program will offer each of five young women who have graduated from a Girls Who Code program $20,000 for each academic year of their four-year undergraduate studies at WPI.
In her charge to the Class of 2016, Leshin challenged students to focus on the opportunities ahead. “With your education and your capabilities, we know you will do well in your career, and do well for your families?also be sure to do good – for your community, for your nation, for the planet. Your WPI education has prepared you to make an impact on a much broader stage, and, so, apply what you have learned here for good. In other words, use your WPI degree to make us proud.”
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.