WORCESTER – On Saturday, May 12, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, over 1,000 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during the university’s 150th commencement ceremony.
- Craig Barrett of Ashland, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering with distinction.
- Andrew Walter of Ashland, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in computer science with distinction.
The keynote address was given by Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream, and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. The book, which was made into a major motion picture in 2016, shares the history of the black female mathematicians who were part of NASA’s workforce from the 1940s to the 1960s.
In her remarks, President Leshin reminded members of the Class of 2018 that she had arrived on campus when they did, having begun her presidency just a few weeks before their move-in day in 2014.
Leshin concluded by telling the graduates, “With your talent and your WPI education, we know that you will do well in your career, and do well for your families. My charge to you, Undergraduate Class of 2018, is that you also be sure to do good-for your community, for your nation, for the planet, and for all those who will follow in your footsteps.”