Largest Graduating Class to Receive Degrees on May 28

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Commencement 16

Realizing A Dream: Plenty of sleepless nights, laboratory reports, and technical projects will culminate with members of Rose-Hulman's 2016 graduating class receiving their bachelor's and master's degrees on May28.

Rose-Hulman will present bachelor's and master's degrees to its largest graduating class, with 540 students, during the 138th commencement on Saturday, May 28 in the fieldhouse of the Sports and Recreation Center, starting at 11 a.m. Another 40 members of the Class of 2016 will be recognized in anticipation of completing academic degree requirements following the summer or fall academic quarters.

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

Also receiving honorary doctorate of engineering degrees will be 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, select members of the Class of 2016 will be recognized for academic, leadership, extracurricular activities, and helping make Rose-Hulman a better place. Two faculty members and one staff member will be honored for their teaching, research, and service to the institute.

This year's commencement ceremony features:

Quintuple Graduate: Javad D. Khusro of Bloomington, Illinois will have the distinction of graduating with five academic majors: physics, mathematics, optical engineering, engineering physics, and computer science.

Leaving A Legacy: Graduating civil engineering student Bethany Martin will become a third-generation family member to have a Rose-Hulman degree. She's following a legacy established by her grandfather James Martin, a 1957 mechanical engineering graduate, and father Jeff L. Martin, a 1988 mechanical engineering alumnus.

Ready For Next Step: Approximately 90 percent of the Class of 2016 will have accepted full-time employment, are planning to attend graduate school, or been commissioned military officers (through Army or Air Force ROTC programs) before receiving their diplomas. The Office of Career Services reports other graduates are expected to finalize employment options throughout the summer. Top hiring companies are Rockwell Collins, Amazon, Eli Lilly, Epic, Texas Instruments, Google, Facebook, Ford Motor Company, and Frito-Lay.

Commemorative Degrees: Twenty members of Rose-Hulman's Class of 1966 graduating class will be returning 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.