Each graduate to be awarded a degree at the Commencement Exercises is permitted up to four (4) guest tickets, which will be barcoded and assigned to the candidate. No additional tickets are available. An admission ticket is required for each guest in the seating area, including children three (3) years of age or older.
Please note: tickets are allotted only to degree candidates who are participating in the Commencement Exercises.
While the Institute encourages students to share unneeded tickets, graduates and guests are advised that no tickets to Commencement at MIT may be bought or sold under any circumstances.
Ticket pick-up instructions, hours, and location
Tickets to the Exercises will be issued to degree recipients upon presentation of the following (you must have both):
regalia rental or purchase receipt**
MIT identification card (you must have your MIT ID—other forms of identification will not be accepted)
**If you already own or are borrowing regalia, please bring a photo of yourself in the regalia you intend to wear (an image in your phone is fine). ROTC candidates wear the dress uniforms for their branches of the Service, rather than academic regalia, so a regalia receipt is not needed. Instead, please bring a photo of yourself in your dress uniform. Thank you.
Students must pick up their own tickets, in person, with their own IDs. If you are traveling, please do not worry about your tickets—you will be able to pick them up the morning of Commencement. Your tickets will not be given away!
At ticket pick-up, you will be asked how many tickets (up to 4) you require. It is important to know that you may return later if you need the others to which you are entitled. For example, if today your known guests are your parents and you picked up two tickets, but you find out later that your grandparents plan to attend, you may return to pick up the two additional tickets.
Ticket pick-up location and hours
Commencement tickets (including those for the Disabilities section) will be distributed at Copytech, in the basement of Building 11, up until the night before Commencement. Pick-up dates and time will be made available ~April 14, 2017.
Picking up tickets on Commencement Day
On the morning of Commencement only, a family member bearing a government-issued ID may pick up tickets at the Commencement Information Booth in Lobby 7, starting at 6:30 am.
Viewing centers around campus will show a live video feed, with captions, of the Commencement Exercises. These locations will be posted the last week of May.
Please note that Commencement is held outside rain or shine and that Killian Court is an open area with almost no shade. Indoor viewing is an excellent choice for those who may find it difficult to be seated outside for the duration of the ceremony. For families who have more guests than tickets, the viewing centers provide an option for anyone who would like to see the ceremony live. The viewing centers are open to all.