Tickets | Graduates

Tickets

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.

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.

Ticket pick-up instructions, hours, and location

You will need to provide proof that you've made your regalia arrangements in order to pick up your Commencement tickets in May. Depending on how you've obtained your regalia, you will need to follow specific instructions. Please refer to this chart and note that regalia ordering does not begin until April 9, 2018:

Your regalia arrangements Ticket pick-up instructions

Option 1: You've ordered your regalia online from the MIT Coop

Please have your MIT ID on you and be prepared to show it to staff (ticket pick up begins on May 23); Your receipt from the MIT Coop will have been captured in the ticketing system.

Option 2: You've ordered your regalia in person from the MIT Coop

Please have your MIT ID on you and be prepared to show it to staff (ticket pick up begins on May 23); Your receipt from the MIT Coop will have been captured in the ticketing system.

Option 3: You've borrowed regalia from a friend or family member, or you've purchased from a vendor other than the MIT Coop

Before you arrive to pick up your tickets, please complete the online form. Under Regalia Options, please select I don't need to order regalia and submit form. When you arrive to pick up your tickets (ticket pick up begins on May 23), have your MIT ID on you, as well as either (a) a photo of your wearing your borrowed regalia (picture on phone is sufficient) or (b) your regalia receipt from an alternate vendor.

Option 4: You're active military or an Air Force, Marine, or Navy ROTC candidate wearing the prescribed dress uniform instead of academic regalia (more)

Before you arrive to pick up your tickets, please complete the online form. Under Regalia Options, please select I don't need to order regalia and submit form. When you arrive to pick up your tickets (ticket pick up begins on May 23), have your MIT ID on you, as well as a photo of you wearing your dress uniform (a picture on phone is sufficient).

 

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 in the Bush Room (10-105), up until the night before Commencement.

Pick-up dates and times
Days Times
May 23, 24, and 25 12 pm – 5 pm
May 29, 30, 31, and June 1 9 am – 5 pm
June 4, 5, 6, and 7 9 am – 5 pm
June 8 (Commencement Day!) Beginning at 7 am

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 7 am.

Viewing locations

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.

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