This year’s commencement speaker at WPI is Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. Some students, of the opinion that “Exxon’s disinformation campaign and its efforts to undermine Americans’ trust in their scientific institutions are entirely incompatible with their values and their future careers,” planned to leave commencement quietly just before Tillerson took the stage, heading to another spot on campus to hear from Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute, before returning to commencement to receive their diplomas.
The administration had threatened that any students taking part in this would not be able to receive their diplomas at the ceremony. But as of today, the threats are rescinded:
The university has agreed to support the event. Richard Heinberg will be speaking on the WPI Quad stage (where the official ceremony is situated) at 3 PM. Parents, students, members of the community at large: all are welcome to come hear him speak.
Good to hear that the grads and the event planners were able to negotiate.