Our Commencement Speaker for 2016 is…

BASKETBALL GREAT AND SPORTS COMMENTATOR BILL WALTON TO DELIVER NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS LEADER KARL WADENSTEN TO BE HONORED

Bill Walton - Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

Bill Walton – Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

East Greenwich, RI – Former Boston Celtic and two-time NBA Champion Bill Walton will deliver New England Tech’s 2016 commencement address. Walton is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in history, but it is his triumph over overwhelming adversity and his humanitarian work to help others that makes him a standout. A superstar student-athlete at UCLA, Walton had a Hall of Fame basketball career, and went on to excel in sports broadcasting. Along the way he immersed himself in a celebration of life, music and learning while facing life-altering challenges. Walton will share his inspiring story with New England Tech graduates during commencement on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Commencement begins at 11 a.m.

Walton is one of only four players in the history of basketball to win multiple NCAA and NBA championships and one of the few to ever lead the league in both rebounding and blocked shots in the same season. He helped UCLA to two national championships and 88 consecutive wins under famed coach John Wooden. He began his professional career with the Portland Trail Blazers as the number one overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft and led them to the championship title in 1977. Injuries plagued Walton and, over the years, he missed more games than he played. He credits the Boston Celtics with giving him his life and career back when he joined them in 1985 after missing entire seasons due to injury. As the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, he helped the Celtics win the league Championship in 1986, and secured a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from basketball Walton turned his sights to a career in sports broadcasting. He has received numerous broadcasting awards and currently works as a commentator for ESPN and the PAC 12 Network. Walton recently wrote a best-selling book about his triumph over adversity in sports and in life called Back from the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light, and Throwing it Down. He also helped start a program that assists struggling spinal patients in recovering their health and lives. He volunteers with numerous non-profits including the Challenged Athletes Foundation which purchases wheelchairs and prosthetics to give injured athletes, soldiers and others a chance to participate in life through sports. He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters during commencement in recognition of his achievements.

Karl Wadensten

Karl Wadensten

Rhode Island business leader will also be honored at commencement. Wadensten is president of VIBCO Vibrators, a company based in Wyoming, Rhode Island, that manufactures industrial and construction equipment for material handling, roadwork and tunnel jobs, food packaging and agriculture across the globe. Wadensten is also a member of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and sits on the Governor’s Lean Steering Committee which works to improve jobs and engage Rhode Island workers in problem solving. He also serves as the Mentoring Officer for a program that pairs Rhode Island business leaders with government leaders for learning, sharing and collaboration.

VIBCO is committed to producing products that are made in the USA and specifically in Rhode Island, but that’s not the only thing that sets it apart. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has implemented thousands of employee ideas, aimed at improving products and customer experience. VIBCO’s model of operational excellence empowers employees and encourages them to work together at all levels to strive for improvement. It’s been so successful that organizations from all over the world travel to VIBCO to see how it works. VIBCO has opened its doors to more than six thousand business and community leaders and their employees, offering them an up close look at the inner workings of the company. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has won numerous awards, including Best Places to Work in Rhode Island, by the Providence Business News. It was also the subject of a Harvard Business School study.

Wadensten is dedicated to making a positive difference far beyond the walls of his company. He supports the efforts of South County Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, the Animal Rescue League in Wakefield and numerous other organizations. His biggest commitment, next to VIBCO, is to the Young President’s Organization, an international organization working to create better company presidents through knowledge and information exchange. Wadensten will receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements during New England Tech’s commencement.

This year marks New England Institute of Technology’s 76th anniversary. More than one thousand students will receive associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Commencement Speaker Vince Wilfork gives advice

2X Super Bowl Champion Vince Wilfork addresses the Class of 2015 from New England Institute of Technology and gives them his words of wisdom, “Be Deaf”.

Congratulations to all of our 2015 graduates.  Click Here for a complete list of graduates.

Grad Fair is Wednesday, April 29th!

Grad Fair is being held Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the Student Lounge on the East Greenwich Campus. Graduates may pick up their cap and gown orders at any time between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. If you are unable to attend, a friend or family member may pick it up for you.

Be photo ready! GradImages will be there taking professional portraits of graduates in their caps and gowns as well as professional business portraits. For more information click here. Balfour will also be available to take orders for class rings and graduation announcements.

Make sure you stop by the Career Services table to hear how we can assist you with your job search, or let us know if you’re already working! There will also be a free raffle with seven lucky winners.

One day only! All alumni will receive 20% off apparel items in the bookstore.

If you have not ordered your cap and gown, please visit www.neit.edu/graduation and click the “Graduation Form” link. If you have any other questions about graduation, contact Caitlin Beagan at cbeagan@neit.edu or 401-739-5000 x3431.

And NEIT’s 2015 Commencement Speaker is…

New England Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the Honorary Degree recipients at this year’s commencement.

Vince Wilfork, 2-time Super Bowl Champion

Vince Wilfork, 2-time Super Bowl Champion

Vince Wilfork, former defensive captain and lineman who anchored the middle of the New England Patriots defense for 11 years, with bookend Super Bowl wins in his first and last year with the Patriots, will deliver New England Tech’s commencement address on Sunday, May 3, 2015.  A fan favorite during his eleven-year career with the New England Patriots, the football standout who has worn #75 on his New England Patriots jersey during his entire career will help to mark the college’s 75th anniversary.  He will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters for his accomplishments and his work to improve the lives of others.

An imposing player on the field, off the field he has tackled issues close to his heart.  He has 1.5 million dollars to help fund diabetes research, education and care in memory of his father, who died from complications of diabetes. He and his wife Bianca sponsored a wing at the Mattapan Community Health Center and they raise money for the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Diabetes Research Institute in Florida. They have also worked to help disadvantaged children and families in Massachusetts and in Florida, where both Wilfork and his wife grew up.

An honorary doctor of humane letters will also be presented to former Rhode Island Governor Philip NoelNoel helped to shape the economic landscape of Warwick and of the State of Rhode Island, creating institutions and policies that continue to have a positive and vital influence in the state. He was raised in Warwick, Rhode Island and began his working life as a commercial fisherman and union laborer. He went on to become a Warwick City Councilman, Warwick Mayor, Governor of Rhode Island, and a successful lawyer and businessman.

Philip Noel

Philip Noel

Noel helped to create the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, the Rhode Island Port Authority, and the Department of Economic Development.  He was instrumental in bringing General Dynamics Electric Boat to Rhode Island to build submarines, and in developing the business park at Quonset Point, which is now a key employer in the state with nearly 200 companies employing ten thousand Rhode Islanders.  New England Tech trains workers for many of the companies that Governor Noel helped bring to Rhode Island.  He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his initiative in economic development and his work to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders.

We look forward to seeing you at commencement on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Attention Class of 2015!

Cap and Gown Still Time

Please go to www.neit.edu/graduation to order!

 

Ireland tells grads how to design lives for success

It wasn’t part of the script.

Kathy Ireland stepped out from behind the lectern. She took the microphone with her. Was this going to be one of those defining moments when years from now people would still say that was “the Ireland at NEIT episode?” What might the woman who appeared in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues – and who is also an actress, author and chair, CEO and chief designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide – do?

Was she going to model the cape that moments before had been draped around her neck as she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree Sunday at New England Institute of Technology’s commencement ceremony at the Rhode Island Convention Center? Might she do something even more daring?

Whatever was going to happen, the news photographers weren’t going to miss it. They trained their telephoto lenses on Ireland. The 1,175 grads and their families and friends craned their necks to see the stage and the screens showing Ireland bigger than life. Ireland had everyone’s attention. She’s good at grabbing attention. She twisted to demonstrate how she would model a swimsuit.

Click the link to read entire Warwick Beacon story, Ireland tells grads how to design lives for success – Warwick Beacon.

Kathy Ireland offers NEIT graduates a model business success

Ireland is chairwoman, chief executive officer and chief designer of kathy ireland Worldwide, which markets 15,000 products. Forbes Magazine says her company has annual merchandise sales of $2 billion. Institute officials also characterized her as a “powerful advocate for women and children in need.”

The school gave Ireland and Cheryl Merchant honorary doctor of humane letter degrees. Merchant is president and chief executive officer of Rhode Island’s Hope Global, a 131-year-old textile manufacturing company that employs 700 people around the world. “If I can do it, you can do it,” Ireland told the standing-room-only audience at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

To read the complete story click link Kathy Ireland offers New England Institute of Technology graduates a model for business success | Breaking News | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal.

Commencement Tweets!

New England Tech Graduates and their families show their pride on Twitter during the commencement ceremony.


Commencement via Instagram

Our 2014 Commencement as seen through our grads and their families via Instagram

Commencement 2014 by Slidely Slideshow

Click here for the complete list of Class of 2014 names.

Grad Fair is scheduled

2014 Grad Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30th from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

If you have not yet ordered your cap & gown, please visit www.neit.edu/graduation to do so as soon as possible.NewGradFair2014

“One thing that really helped me after the Career Expo was writing those thank you letters to the companies for taking the time to talk to me. In addition once I received a one on one interview I brought in nice copies of my resume, references, and letters of recommendations from my teachers. The companies really appreciated the extra effort and plus it gives them something to look at while interviewing. Thanks again for everything.” – Jennifer Adamek, CBYT student who received 2 job offers as a result of attending the Career Expo event.