WILTON, Conn. - A Wilton graduate received his degree at the 146th commencement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, as a a total of 1,193 degrees were awarded on May 17 in Worcester, Mass.
Russell Toris received a master of science degree in computer science.
Thousands of students, their families and friends, trustees, and other special guests were on hand to hear the messages delivered by keynote speaker, Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineers Without Borders. Honorary degrees were conferred upon Amadei; Robert A. Foisie retired founder of Matik North America Inc.; Sheila M. Harrity, nationally recognized principal of Worcester Technical High School; and Stephen E. Rubin, an entrepreneur and former chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees.
In his commencement address, Amadei gave the graduates a personal "call to action," noting that he was in the presence of graduates "who truly have the potential to help solve our world's great problems."
He also noted that WPI graduates are uniquely prepared to tackle such problems. "You have gained knowledge, ability, and skills during your time here," Amadei said. "You are equipped to be truly effective problem solvers. You have also been engaged in the humanities and were taught to think of your place in the global context of our world, and your place in the universe."