- Electronic Media, Arts, and Communications
- Class of 2015
- Altamont, NY
2015 Jul 14
Zachary Appio of Altamont, NY, was among more than 1,000 students to graduate Cum Laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The 209th Commencement ceremonies, held in the East Campus Athletic Village Stadium on May 30, included an address by Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Admiral Howard received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree at the ceremony. She was joined by filmmaker, cultural critic, and scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; cybersecurity policy expert Craig Mundie; and private equity pioneer and patriotic philanthropist David Rubenstein. All four honorands, who have demonstrated resilience in their careers, participated in the graduation ceremonies and also received honorary degrees.
During the ceremony, Rensselaer awarded a total of 1,838 degrees. They included: 164 doctoral degrees, 544 master's degrees, and 1,130 bachelor's degrees. Some graduates have earned more than one degree.
Appio earned a BS in Elect Media, Arts, & Comm.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation's oldest technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the humanities and social sciences. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer faculty are known for pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of fields, with particular emphasis in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and the media arts and technology. The Institute is well known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.