Student Life creates an online platform in celebration of all of the Black, Latinx, Indigenous and Multiracial students who are graduating from Rensselaer and virtually honor the accomplishments of these remarkable students.
If you are a graduating student and would like to contribute a 15-30 sec video message please click here.
If you are a faculty or staff member and would like to contribute a short congratulatory message please click here.
If you are Rensselaer student not graduating but would like to congratulate your graduating friend or peer please click here.
The event is named in honor of the first African American student to graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Garnet Douglass Baltimore, was a member of the Class of 1881—a distinguished civil and landscape engineer—and the first African American to graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was the grandson of a slave who fought in the Revolutionary war, and eventually escaped, settling in Troy, and the son of an influential abolitionist.
Garnet Baltimore was the embodiment of a Rensselaer graduate—working on the design and construction of bridges, railroads, roads, and waterways. His professional legacy includes Troy’s Prospect Park and Oakwood Cemetery, the resting place of Samuel Wilson, or “Uncle Sam.” Intensely proud of his Rensselaer education, Baltimore remained active in civic activities and alumni affairs and was inducted into the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005.
To find out more and apply for the Garnett D. Baltimore Endowed Scholarship click here.
To contribute to the Garnet D. Baltimore Endowed Scholarship click here.