August 26, 2013

Wentworth Celebrates Summer Commencement

Boston, MA – August 26, 2013 – Wentworth Institute of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony on Sunday, August 25, at the Bank of America Pavilion. The Institute awarded 549 Bachelor of Science degrees and 17 Associate in Applied Science degrees to 566 students. (Read a sampling of graduate profiles and view photos from the event.)

Lloyd Carney, chief executive officer of Brocade Communications and an electrical engineering technology alumnus from the class of 1984, was the commencement speaker. His address focused on three key recommendations for the graduates: have a plan, choose your friends and ventures carefully, and be mindful of your digital signature. He integrated personal and professional stories into his remarks, communicating the importance of passion, hard work, flexibility, excellence, dignity and grace, sacrifice, learning from failure, and happiness as part of his message. Mr. Carney acknowledged that “as graduates of Wentworth Institute of Technology, you’ve taken a major step in your preparation for success.” He ended with advice to the graduates to “Make the most of your good fortune.” (Read the full transcript of Carney's speech.)

Adam Parsons, a graduating architecture student, provided the student address. He reflected on the phrase “we made it” and challenged his fellow graduates to consider what these words mean to them. He summarized what the phrase means to him: “It means that we made it to the imminent future in which our hard work and years here will pay off. Where it is now our turn to cash in, our turn to make something of ourselves and our turn to take on the challenges facing us as our future careers and lives begin.” (Read the full transcript of Parsons' speech.)

Jackson Taylor Spivey from the Management 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 Adam Jeffrey Parsons (Architecture); Sean K. Flanigan (Building Construction Management); Ryan Thomas Lavorati (Civil Engineering Technology); Derek R. Stiles (Computer Engineering Technology); Christopher Michael Willis (Computer Networking); Leonard Edward Pratt (Computer Science); Alexander Anthony D’Agostino (Construction Management); Don Vann Keuth (Electronic Engineering Technology); James Thomas Kane Jr. (Engineering Technology); Ashley Elizabeth Alberts (Facility Planning and Management); Colby Jackson Higgins (Industrial Design); Allison Collins (Interior Design); Joseph G. Rosinski (Management); and Derek C. Hand (Mechanical Engineering Technology).

An honorary Doctor of Engineering Technology degree was conferred upon the commencement speaker, Mr. Carney, and Mark Gelfand and Cynthia Calabrese, friends and supporters of Wentworth. 

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 Mr. Carney.

(Watch commencement video)

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