April 28, 2014
293 Students Earn Degrees at Wentworth’s Spring Commencement
Boston, MA – April 28, 2014 –Wentworth Institute of Technology held its Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 26, on its Boston campus. Of the 293 students who graduated from the Institute, 159 earned a bachelor of science degree, nine earned an associate in applied science degree, 89 earned a master of architecture degree, 25 earned a master of science in construction management degree, and 11 earned a master of facility management degree. Among those earning degrees this year were the first students to graduate from the College of Professional and Continuing Education’s Master of Facility Management program. (Read a sampling of graduate profiles.)
Wentworth also presented honorary Bachelor of Technology degrees to alumni from the Class of 1964 in recognition of their 50th class reunion and induction into Wentworth’s Black and Gold Society.
Mike Sims, an executive and general manager at GE Aviation in Lynn, Mass., was the commencement speaker. Sims cited the Institute’s strong co-op program, which often employs Wentworth students at GE, and emphasized his confidence in the graduates as they prepare to face a world of uncertainty.
“I believe you will overcome today’s challenges because of your energy and ideas,” said Sims. “Each generation has the opportunity to take us to new heights and to take care of those less fortunate. I believe the next generation is always the greatest generation.”
Brian E. Finn, a graduating electromechanical engineering student, provided the student address. He acknowledged the hard work of the Wentworth alumni present, including members of the Black and Gold Society, who served as inspiration in pushing boundaries and trying new things. Finn also urged the Class of 2014 to always look to the future and to the endless possibilities it provides.
“Don’t stop trying and testing. Don’t stop being curious and asking what’s next,” he said. “I challenge everyone to go home and, at the end of each day, think about what you learned and how you can build on it in the next day.” (Read a transcript of Finn's speech and see the video at this link.)
Sean M. Creighton 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 James Robert Lucey, Building Construction Management, Michael Patrick Devine, Electromechanical Engineering, and Brendan Gerard Trainor, Project Management.
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 Sims.
- Dennis Nealon