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Thank you for your interest in working with us during Commencement week. Volunteer registration is now closed for both ceremonies. We hope you'll consider volunteering in 2017!


At MIT, candidates for the PhD or ScD receive their Doctoral hoods in a separate ceremony the day before Commencement. The 2016 Hooding Ceremony is on the morning of Thursday, June 2 at 11 am.

The role of volunteers at the Hooding Ceremony is to

  • Give directions
  • Make conversation with guests
  • Help guests solve problems
  • Assist guests with seating
  • Help guests who need special assistance

We are fortunate every year to find friendly and resourceful MIT people to help make the Hooding Ceremony a fun and festive occasion. We hold a training session earlier in the week to familiarize you with the event logistics.

The ceremony takes place in the Johnson Athletics Center. Guests begin to arrive hours before the event, so we ask for volunteers between the hours of 8:00 am and 1:30 pm. We acknowledge that some may need to return to their departments for post-ceremony receptions; if you are available even for a portion of the day, please let us know. Questions? Please contact Traci Swartz.

Please note: Volunteer registration is now closed for this year's Hooding Ceremony. Thank you for your interest!


Commencement 2016 is on Friday, June 3. Guest Services Volunteers for Commencement are indispensable to the event. They help guests to their seats, answer questions, entertain and inform, and maintain an enjoyable atmosphere for the family and friends of our graduates.

Undergraduates who complete the volunteer commitment are permitted to extend their campus housing until Saturday, June 4. The volunteer commitment includes working the full shift on Commencement Day (6:30 am to 2:30 pm) and attending the mandatory training earlier in the week.

Please note: Volunteer registration has reached capacity for this year's Commencement Ceremony and is now closed. Thank you for your interest!