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Largest Graduating Class Ready to Become Tomorrow's Problem Solvers

Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Sweet '16: Rose-Hulman's Class of 2016 is the largest in institute history with 540 newly graduated engineers, scientists, and mathematicians.

Rose-Hulman has presented bachelor's and master's degrees to its largest graduating class, with 540 newly christened engineers, scientists, and mathematicians with the skills, curiosity, and creativity to solve society's ever-increasing problems, according to President Jim Conwell.

In addressing the Class of 2016, Conwell stated "the challenges facing our world are daunting. The important point is that the world needs you, your passion, your intelligence, your creativity, and your work ethic. And the good news is that you are arriving on the scene very well-equipped to answer the call and fulfill this responsibility."

The institute's 138th Commencement also recognized 40 students who anticipate completing their academic degree requirements following the summer or fall academic quarters.

Approximately 87 percent of Rose-Hulman's new graduates already have accepted full-time employment, plan to attend graduate school, or will be commissioned military officers, according to the Office of Career Services. Top hiring companies are Rockwell Collins, Amazon, Eli Lilly, Epic, Texas Instruments, Google, Facebook, Ford Motor Company, and Frito-Lay.

Mechanical engineering alumnus Patrick J. Noyes, president and chief executive officer of Texas-based Grenadier Energy Partners, presented the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate of engineering.

Also receiving honorary doctorate of engineering degrees were Caterpillar Inc. Group President D. James (Jim) Umpleby III and Dennis A. Smith, vice president of oil drilling industry leader Nabors Industries. Both are mechanical engineering alumni.

Besides receiving their degrees, seven members of the Class of 2016 received the Heminway Gold Medal for graduating with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages. These students were Ivel L. Collins, a mechanical engineering major from Fairfax, Virginia; Matthew A. Conrad, a chemical engineering major from Anderson, Indiana; Andrew R. Miller, a computer science and mathematics double major from Lebanon, Indiana; Lauren F. Miller, a biomedical engineering and chemical and molecular biology double major from Galesburg, Illinois; Cort K. Pugh, a computer science and economics major from North Liberty, Iowa; Christopher J. Sander, a chemical engineering major from Baileyville, Illinois; and Alec C. Sills, an electrical engineering major from Whitehouse, Ohio.

In other student awards, Abigail M. Etters, a biochemistry major from Oceanside, California, received the Herman A. Moench Distinguished Senior Commendation; Tyler J. Rockwood, a computer science and software engineering double major from Prineville, Oregon, received the John T. Royse Award; and Elias Eteshola, a master's degree recipient in chemistry from Gahanna, Ohio, received the Outstanding Thesis Award.

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering Matt Boutell was awarded the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award, while Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Ross Weatherman received the Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award. Michael DeVasher, assistant vice president for enrollment management, was presented the President's Outstanding Service Award.

Twenty members of Rose-Hulman's Class of 1966 returned to receive special 50-year commemorative degrees during commencement. The honor recognizes the institute's alumni for their contributions to their professions, communities, families, and Rose-Hulman.