Tickets | Graduates


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: only graduates who are participating in the Commencement Ceremony will be allotted tickets.

Sharing tickets

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.

Students who wish to share unneeded tickets may send a note to the Mailman list (no need to subscribe to the list); please include the number of tickets you have available. Those in search of extra tickets should subscribe to the list (certificates required) to be advised of tickets that become available. The list administrators ask that students please refrain from emailing the list asking for tickets, as everyone subscribed to the list is also looking for tickets. This service is provided courtesy of the Graduate Student Council and the Class of 2016.

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.

Note about shared tickets: If you have offered your tickets to another student via ticket-exchange, you will still need to pick up your tickets. Tickets will not be reassigned at Copytech. Please hold your tickets in a secure place.

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. You may pick up your tickets on the following dates:

Date Time
Wednesday, May 18  noon - 5 pm
Thursday, May 19  noon - 5 pm
Friday, May 20  noon - 5 pm
Monday, May 23  9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, May 24  9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday, May 25  9 am - 5 pm
Thursday, May 26  9 am - 5 pm
Friday, May 27  9 am - 5 pm
Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)  No ticket distribution
Tuesday, May 31  9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday, June 1  9 am - 5 pm
Thursday, June 2  9 am - 5 pm


Picking up tickets on Commencement Day

On the morning of June 3 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 locations

Viewing centers around campus will show a live video feed, with captions, of the Commencement Exercises. These locations will be posted at the end 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.

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