WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Rachel Delisle '96, '06 MBA

Dear Alumni:

I remember the first time I came to campus to visit as a prospective student. It went from sunny, to raining, to hail, to sleet, to snow. Yes, in true Worcester fashion, all in a matter of hours. That was the day I learned the official weather term – “It’s Worcestering Out.” It seems no different all these years later as we just had a crazy spring snow storm. Hopefully the spring weather will arrive soon and things will get back to what we expect this time of year. We are used to seeing spring flowers popping up and the start of the transformation of campus for Commencement and Alumni Weekend.

Speaking of our spring festivities – here are a few opportunities for you to come back and reconnect with old friends and make some new ones while having a lot of fun.

Community Service Day and the Annual Meeting of the WPI Alumni Association will be April 23. This is a family friendly event that brings alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends together with the shared purpose of helping to clean up and beautify the community surrounding campus.

Commencement this year is a great indicator of the growth of the Institute and its reputation. We now confer enough Master and PhD level degrees that it is necessary to conduct two ceremonies. I am excited to represent the Alumni Association at both events in May.

Alumni Weekend is just around the corner. All alumni, whether you are celebrating a reunion or not, are invited to participate. There are some great new options planned this year including fire pits and star gazing on the Quad. Class years ending in 1 and 6 will also celebrate their reunions with special events.

It is never too early to save a date. Here are two special ones you will want to mark down. Homecoming will be October 7-8. The second annual Women of WPI event will be Saturday, November 12. So, mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more details.

If you have any feedback or ideas you want to share, feel free to reach out to me at rmdelisle@alum.wpi.edu.

All the Best,


Rachel Delisle ’96, ’06 MBA