WORCESTER, Mass. – Worcester Polytechnic Institute celebrated the class of 2020 with a socially distanced commencement season in place of its traditional 152nd commencement exercises.
Amanda Ezeobiejesi of Menifee earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science with high distinction.
Since the class of 2020 was unable to receive diplomas in person this year, they instead received personal commencement packages that were mailed to their home and included their diplomas, commencement regalia and other items to celebrate their successes, as well as a congratulatory video message from university president Laurie Leshin. In total, the institute awarded 1,043 bachelor’s degrees, 674 master’s degrees and 54 doctoral degrees.
In her video message, Leshin made the traditional commencement walk to the institute’s Earle Bridge, which students walk over during new student orientation and again when they graduate. She stopped, turned and told graduates, “You should be here. But make no mistake: Today is still your day. You’ve walked this bridge together once, and you will walk it again. I can’t wait to see you do just that. Until then, it’s my honor to wait for you.”
Worcester Polytechnic Institute plans to hold in-person undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies in the future at a date to be announced.
Submitted by Worchester Polytechnic Institute.