Colin Denniston and Elizabeth Hamann, of Poughquag Graduate From Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Local Students Colin Denniston and Elizabeth Hamann, of Poughquag Graduate From Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

TROY, NY (06/07/2023)– On May 20, 2023, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) awarded a total of 1,988 degrees – 152 doctoral degrees, 390 master’s degrees, and 1,446 bachelor’s degrees – to 1,957 students, some of whom earned multiple degrees.

The following local students earned degrees:

Colin Denniston, of Poughquag, graduated with a BS in Computer & Systems Engineering.

Elizabeth Hamann, of Poughquag,  graduated with a BS in Biomedical Engineering.

Of the undergraduate students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 18 earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Among them was Jacob Gardiner Harris, who received the J. Erik Jonsson Prize, which was established by J. Erik Jonsson ’22 to honor the senior who has achieved the highest academic record in the class.

Many graduates will continue their studies after graduation at RPI and universities such as Columbia University, Stanford University, and Cornell University. Others will begin professional positions with companies such as Dow Jones, Rockstar Games, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pfizer, Volvo Group, Boston Children’s Hospital, Edwards Lifesciences, Mastercard, Consigli, and WL Gore.

Rensselaer graduates continue to enjoy overall higher starting salaries compared to national averages. Last year, the average starting salary for all reported undergraduate bachelor’s degree candidates from the Class of 2022 was $78,600.

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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, over 30 research centers, more than 140 academic programs including 25 new programs, and a dynamic community made up of over 6,800 students and 110,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include upwards of 155 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit

Author: Harlem Valley News