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From the Desk of Paula M. Delaney ’75

Dear Alumni,

It is a very exciting time on the Hill as the university welcomes its 17th president.

Grace Wang is a materials scientist and joined the WPI community as an accomplished leader in higher education, government, and industry. She is described with certainty by WPI Board of Trustees Chair Bill Fitzgerald ’83 as “the right leader at the right time for WPI.”

Be sure to learn more about President Wang in the cover story of this issue of the Journal and watch for opportunities to meet her—including at Alumni Weekend 2023.

Speaking of Alumni Weekend—important plans are well under way. Please join us on campus Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, for exciting and engaging programming. One of the events that I am most looking forward to is Honoring Our Champions, where the Alumni Association will present this year’s Alumni Awards for professional achievement and service to WPI. It is always a meaningful and impactful event, and a great opportunity to chat with our honorees one-on-one.

Also included for the weekend:

  • Reunion celebrations for undergraduate classes ending in 3 and 8
  • A State of the Institute address with President Wang
  • An alumni and families outing at Polar Park, when the WooSox take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
  • A special event in honor of the 100th anniversary of Higgins House 
  • Activities and programs for alumni and families of all generations

Throughout the weekend there will be opportunities to celebrate WPI’s long-standing traditions and time to reconnect with friends and classmates. Complete information is available online at, and registration is now open. If you haven’t already registered, please do so soon. 

All great alumni support their alma mater by getting involved, attending events, and giving back. I encourage you to visit and to learn how you can support our great alma mater. You can also learn more about Beyond These Towers: The Campaign for WPI by visiting

Meanwhile, please register for Alumni Weekend. I look forward to seeing you there!

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