Reporting for Commencement | Graduates

Reporting for Commencement

On Commencement Day, all degree recipients must report to their station numbers according to reporting time. Please download and read this PDF of important information regarding the when, where, and how of reporting for Commencement.

PhD and ScD candidates who will participate in the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods will receive similar instructions the week before the ceremony.


Security arrangements are finalized close to the date—we invite you to visit these pages the week leading up to Commencement for the most accurate information. It is also helpful to call the the guest security arrangements to the attention of your families and friends so everyone knows what to expect.

Graduate arrival

On the morning of Commencement, you need only your MIT ID and your regalia. You may carry your phone in your pocket. SMALL cross-body personal bags worn under regalia are also ok.
For security reasons, the following items are not permitted in Johnson or in Killian Court: glass containers of any type, backpacks, selfie sticks, umbrellas, balloons, and drones of any size.
Please remember that it is crucial to report to your station on time—divesting of items not permitted in the procession will delay your check-in. Note: there is no food served in Johnson, but you may bring snacks and beverages (in non-glass containers) for consumption prior to assembly. A bottle of water will be under your chair in Killian Court.

Thank you.

Student graduating MIT