Silicon Valley Students Paint Fence at Commencement-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Silicon Valley Students Paint Fence at Commencement-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Silicon Valley Students Paint Fence at Commencement

Over thirty Silicon Valley campus students made the trek to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to participate in the 113th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 16, 2010. Ian G. Rawson, managing director of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti, was the keynote speaker.

Keeping up a tradition that begin in 2009, when the Silicon Valley students gathered together at midnight and painted the fence with a greeting from the Silicon Valley campus.

Keith Walker, an MS Software Engineering student, explained the excitement surrounding the fence. "This is your chance to bond with your fellow classmates and faculty and a chance to make your CMU experience an authentic and complete CMU experience. It's not complete until you have painted the fence at the CMU campus!"

Other students were excited to experience life at the main campus and participate in the celebrations and traditions of other Carnegie Mellon students. “Attending Commencement Weekend is a once in a lifetime opportunity that should not be passed up. There are so many deep traditions that I was not aware of prior to attending commencement weekend that I would not have discovered,” said Ed Miranda, an MS Software Management student who works at Boeing.

"It's really an invaluable experience. Nobody should miss it. It really makes you feel like a part of CMU Pittsburgh, and it's a great experience! Not to mention your student ID gets you into basically everything for free!” added Sona Chaudhuri, one of the second class of full-time MS Software Engineering students.

Deven Alimchandani, a leader in Service Delivery Management at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA, and a part-time MS Software Management student, summed up the weekend with a message of gratitude to the faculty and administration. “The commencement ceremony was an awesome event on a sunny day. My first visit to the main campus and Pittsburgh was inspiring and delightful. I would have not known the importance and legacy of CMU and Pittsburgh without experiencing it. This added to my pride of being associated with Carnegie Mellon. Thanks to everyone, who worked hard to make this event and trip happen, and to my family for this opportunity.”