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Commencement Scrapbook 2009

The Fifty-Second Commencement Exercises at the Hartford campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute took place on Saturday, June 6, 2009. The 278 graduates of the Class of 2008-2009 celebrated with their families, friends, and loved ones, and were applauded by the faculty, staff, and administration of Rensselaer. The graduating class was welcomed into the ranks of the Rensselaer alumni community.

Final Preparations
Degree candidates check in at the registration table, don their academic regalia, and chat with their classmates before the ceremony.
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Music Filled the Air
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The Fisher Brass Quintet played before and after the graduation ceremony. A Hartford campus commencement tradition, bagpiper Charles Murdoch led the procession of degree candidates and Rensselaer officials.

President Jackson

Commencement Exercises

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President and Professor of Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, presided over the ceremony. She said to the graduates: "You, already, are working in demanding jobs. Among your responsibilities, many of you count not only marriage or a partnership, a mortgage, and civic and social obligations, but, also, children, who represent the most demanding, albeit rewarding, of jobs. Yet, you choose to assume one more responsibility -- enrollment in a master's degree program in order to reach for something higher in your career, and for your own intellectual development. To use an old-fashioned phrase, you decided to better yourselves, and your lives will be forever richer for it."

President Jackson presented the Outstanding Student Award winners (left) Peter W. Keilich and (right) Angelica Sharma with plaques from the Hartford Chapter of the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA).

Rensselaer was honored to have Congressman John B. Larson as the Commencement speaker. He addressed the graduates saying: "Most of you are employed already and yet you see the stresses in this global economy. You understand the importance for government to make investments in science and technology and to ensure that we bring together the great platforms of economic growth, our academic institutions and our great industry in this country. It is not a question of concentrating on one issue at a time. Because the growth of the nation, the environment and its preservation and the health and well being of its people are inextricably linked and tied to our future."

Click HERE for the full text of Congressman Larson’s address.

Degree Candidates take Center Stage
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provost grad 4 rob sheftel houman younessi
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Commencement is a Family Affair - with Lots of Photos!
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Fun at the Ice Cream Reception
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