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Commencement Goes On
A snowstorm on May 18?
Thats what Rensselaer staff, faculty, and soon-to-be graduates awoke to on Commencement morning. The decked-out and chair-covered Harkness Field, the planned site for Rensselaers 196th Commencement ceremonies, was covered with a thin blanket of snow.
Because of the unexpected storm, the ceremony was quickly moved indoors to the Houston Field House. Once the ceremony began, Rensselaer conferred 861 bachelors, 221 masters, and 47 doctoral degrees to the members of the Class of 2002.
Rensselaer also conferred honorary doctoral degrees on civilian space traveler Dennis Tito 64, moviemaker Bobby Farrelly 81, genomics scientist Claire Fraser 77, and Brown University President Ruth Simmons.
Hope boldly, think huge, and pursue your passion, said Tito in his Commencement address. Tito is founder and chief executive officer of Wilshire Associates.
Despite the headlines, despite the reality of evil, despite all that you and your classmates around the world have been through this world is more democratic, more free, more rich, and more safe than ever before, said Tito, who made history as a much-publicized passenger on a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station.
Sixty-one of this years graduates were legacies Rensselaer students with relatives who are Rensselaer alumni.
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