School of Engineering celebrates students at annual hard hat ceremony

A student is presented a hard hat.


he School of Engineering hosted its annual hard hat ceremony Friday evening — a beloved tradition among students, faculty and staff. Each sophomore was presented with the vivid symbol of their Quinnipiac education — and juniors and seniors returned for stickers denoting their accomplishments.


“This event is validation in knowing that your hard work is recognized. It gives you the motivation to keep moving forward,” said Hannah Cabral ‘21, a mechanical engineering major.

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A student smiles while wearing his yellow hard hat.

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Mike Austin '20 smiles during the hard hat ceremony.

“It’s the moment all of us celebrate being us. We celebrate all of our hard work, as a class, all in the same room,” added Mike Austin ’20, a mechanical engineering major.

The School of Engineering family welcomed new staff member John Bau, director of career development, by presenting him with a hard hat during the ceremony.

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A student adjusts her yellow hard hat on her head.

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Hannah Cabral ‘21 smiles during the hard hat ceremony.



“You came here not because you wanted to see what you could take away from Quinnipiac, but to see what you can do, make and create in the world,” Bau told the students. “That’s what engineers do. You add value to this world. I don’t want to help you get that first internship, or that first job, I want to help you launch your career.”

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He told them that they will all grow and support each other throughout and beyond their time at Quinnipiac.

“Together we will build on these kinds of traditions, and I will not just help you be a good engineering intern — but help you to have an amazing career that you love,” he said.

The School of Engineering is built upon a strong foundation of success — as indicated with a 100% placement rate. The mechanical, civil, industrial and software engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. 

A professor speaks during the ceremony.

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John Bau, director of career development, encouraged School of Engineering students to build a foundation for a better world.


“The work I did to help develop the School of Engineering is one of the things I am most proud of. Graduates will be successful because no other school compares to our School of Engineering,” Provost Mark Thompson told the engineering students.

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