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Rensselaer Graduates 1,613 at 208th Commencement

President advises graduates to embrace the data-driven revolution 
and believe in their ability to change the world


208th Commencement To the 1,613 graduates awarded degrees during the Commencement ceremony May 24, President Shirley Ann Jackson urged courage of their convictions and confidence in their capabilities. “Respect your own grand, but incomplete, ideas­—the ones you find exciting—the ones others find vague because they cannot yet see the future you see,” President Jackson said…. Read More

Reunion & Homecoming 2014: An Evening of A Cappella With VoicePlay

Event also will feature student a cappella groups

Voice Play

The campus community is invited to join alumni for a special Reunion & Homecoming weekend event. VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. You may know them from NBC’s The Sing-Off. The evening of entertainment in the Curtis R…. Read More

Class of 2014’s Parting Gift: A Place To Sit

New bench in DCC Great Hall a welcome addition

Class 2014 Gift

Each year at Commencement, the graduating class presents the university with a unique and spirited gift. This year, members of the Class of 2014 have raised funds to install benches in the Darrin Communications Center Great Hall. “Traditionally, each class donates a gift to improve campus life for years to come,” said Class President Michelle… Read More

Senior Athletes Honored at Banquet

Annual event celebrates graduating students


The Rensselaer 2013-14 senior student-athletes were recognized at the annual banquet held at the Hilton Garden Inn recently. Each student-athlete was presented a senior gift by Vice President for Student Life Tim Sams and Jim Knowlton, director of athletics. One highlight of the event was the awarding of the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) Team of… Read More

Commencement 2014

The Class of 2014 heads out to change the world


On Saturday, May 24, 1,613 students will receive degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) stadium. They represent the next generation of leaders, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, patent holders, game designers, architects, and innovators, in fields ranging from engineering to architecture, fine arts to science, game design… Read More

Seniors Honored for Service, Leadership, and Scholarship

Annual student awards presented during Zero Year Reunion brunch


During the May 22 Zero Year Reunion brunch, several graduating seniors were honored for their contributions to the Institute. The Willie Stanton Award, presented to the senior(s) judged to have contributed the most in service to the student body, was awarded to Jeffrey Morton, a mechanical engineering major from Delmar, N.Y., and Joel Mowatt, a… Read More

Graduating Seniors Earn CLASS Awards

Students honored during Zero Year Reunion brunch

As the campus community prepared to host the 208th Commencement, Student Life carved out time to honor several graduating seniors as recipients of the CLASS Awards. The students were recognized for their achievements during the annual Zero Year Reunion Brunch held on May 22. In 2009, the Division of Student Life launched Clustered Learning, Advocacy,… Read More

Life After Rensselaer

Future plans for members of the Class of 2014


As members of the Rensselaer Class of 2014 cross the stage, what are some of their future plans following Commencement? Many graduates will continue their studies after graduation. Among the schools that graduates will be attending are: Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Jefferson Medical College, North Carolina… Read More

Rensselaer TALKS

New lecture series showcases thinkers and speakers from campus community

Rensselaer TALKS

In an effort to bring together world-renowned thinkers and speakers from the Rensselaer community, a team of students have worked to create a new lecture series—Rensselaer TALKS, which made its debut on May 9 with the theme “Understanding Ourselves and the World Around Us.” “The motivation behind Rensselaer TALKS is to create an atmosphere of… Read More

EarthFest 2014: Celebrating Earth Day

Environmental student club EcoLogic hosts annual event

Earth Fest

In honor of Earth Day, Ecologic—Rensselaer’s environmental student organization—hosted its annual EarthFest event on Tuesday, April 22, on the Rensselaer Union patio. “The annual EarthFest activities have always been a big hit,” said Elizabeth Anderson, a senior majoring in sustainability studies, who serves as president of EcoLogic and co-chair of the Student Sustainability Task Force…. Read More