May 07, 2012
Master of Science in Construction Management Program Graduates First Class
Boston, MA – May 7, 2012 – Wentworth Institute of Technology held its Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 6, on the quadrangle of Wentworth’s campus. Of the 179 students (read student profiles) who graduated from the Institute, 65 students earned a bachelor of science degree, six students earned an associate in applied science degree, 82 students earned a master of architecture degree, and 26 students earned a master of science in construction management degree, representing the first graduating class from the master’s program in construction management.
Honorary Doctor of Engineering Technology degrees were conferred upon Ms. Carole J. Cornelison, commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and Mr. Martin D. Guyer, Mechanical Engineering ’64, founder of MDG Associates of Connecticut.
Wentworth presented honorary Bachelor of Technology degrees to alumni from the Class of 1962 in recognition and celebration of their 50th class reunion and induction into Wentworth’s Black and Gold Society.
In her address to the students, commencement speaker Cornelison challenged the students to think about what their legacy would be and “to live life with passion and purpose, and stay open to infinite possibilities.” She asked the graduates to focus on three questions as they venture into a new world: “How does this experience help me grow? What can I give? What can I celebrate?”
Duy Khanh Dao 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 William Groleau (electromechanical engineering); Victoria Fortino (building construction management–bachelor’s program, College of Professional and Continuing Education); and Cullen Franz, (building construction management–associate program, College of Professional and Continuing Education).
Rebecca LeClerc, a graduating master of architecture student, provided the student address. She integrated student experiences that classmates could relate to as she offered three pieces of advice for her fellow graduates: don’t worry about change, stop worrying about getting lost, and don’t think about your future (at least on the occasion of the day’s celebratory event). She encouraged her classmates to “be confident in what lies ahead,” concluding with: “If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.”
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 Commissioner Cornelison.
The May commencement includes both December and May graduates. A second commencement ceremony is scheduled for August 26, 2012.
- Dennis Nealon