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Investiture: Class of 2011

The largest class in Thayer School history was honored at Investiture, held June 11 at the Hopkins Center. Dean Joseph J. Helble presided over the presentation of hoods, caps, and awards to 169 recipients of Bachelor of Engineering and graduate degrees, including record numbers of Ph.D., M.E.M., and B.E. graduates. (A.B. graduates formed the second-largest undergraduate class at Thayer School.)

Emily Porter ’10 Th’11, Nicholas Edwards ’10 Th’11, and Caitlin Johnson ’10 Th’11 at 2011 Investiture
AWARDS: Left to right, Emily Porter ’10 Th’11, Nicholas Edwards ’10 Th’11, and Caitlin Johnson ’10 Th’11 receive the Special Faculty Award for Academic Excellence and Service to Humanity for their work on a Pelton turbine for a Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering pico-hydropower system in Rwanda. Photograph by Mark Washburn.

The annual Robert Fletcher Award, named for Thayer’s first dean and recognizing distinguished achievement and service in the highest tradition of the School, was presented to engineer and educator Dr. Charles Vest, President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Charles Vest
Dr. Charles Vest. Photograph by Mark Washburn.

“In this age, it is incumbent on the United States to enhance its capacity for engineering and scientific innovation, and to build the broad technology literacy and skills of its workforce in order to have the possibility to prosper, be healthy and secure, and to contribute to the solution of the great challenges to our planet and its inhabitants,” Vest told graduates.

“We need a country with more people dreaming about what’s possible, where young people are inspired to imagine a better world and empowered to make it a reality,” he said.

Dean Helble closed the ceremony with a salute to graduates. “We thank you for your creativity, your sense of humor, your countless late nights hard at work, for your view of the world as providing limitless opportunity, for your essential contribution to the extraordinary community that is the Thayer School.”

See photos, videos, and speeches from 2011 Investiture.

Class of 2011 Graduates

For more photos, visit our Investiture and Summer 2011 sets of images on Flickr.

Categories: The Great Hall, Investiture

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