Commencement 1918


Rensselaer’s ninety-fourth commencement exercises were held on Wednesday May 1, 1918 in the ’87 Gymnasium. Bachelor degrees awarded included 30 in Civil Engineering, 22 in Electrical Engineering, 11 in Mechanical Engineering, and 8 in Chemical Engineering. One Master of Science in Chemistry was awarded. The commencement address was delivered by Edwin Wilbur Rice, Jr., President of the General Electric Company.


Due to the United States involvement in World War I, many members of the class left for military service either prior to graduation or immediately afterward.  For more information, check out our previous post on Rensselaer’s involvement in the war effort.


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