Plan for Commencement
There are two academic ceremonies: on Thursday, June 6, PhD and ScD candidates receive their degrees and academic hoods at the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods. Friday, June 7, is Commencement Day. Please note the following schedule:
- Doors to Killian Court open at 7:30 am
- Entrance closed for Procession at 9:45 am
- Entrance reopened after Procession at 10:15 am
- Recession 1:30–2 pm
- School and Department Receptions follow the Exercises
Hotel and transportation information specific to Commencement
May and June are busy months in the Boston area, which means it is essential to make hotel and dinner reservations early. This is especially important if you will be traveling with a large number of family members.
If you are driving to Cambridge, you might find that the best thing is to leave your car parked at your hotel during your stay, rather than to try to drive to different events. Parking is very difficult to find and driving in town is more trouble than it is worth.
The MBTA Red Line can take you from Kendall Square into Boston or down to Harvard Square in just a few minutes. If you have several people with you, it makes sense to take a taxi. The address of the main MIT building, where the columns and big crosswalk are, is 77 Massachusetts Avenue. It helps to tell the company which side of the street you are standing on, east or west. The east side is the MIT building at 77 Mass. Ave; the west side traffic is heading across the river to Boston.
If you are taking a cab or car to campus on Commencement Day, you may request to be dropped off on Memorial Drive westbound, at the entrance to Killian Court. Although this is not a taxi stand, taxis are permitted to stop there to discharge passengers.
When you are leaving campus on Commencement Day, it is better to walk over to the taxi stand at the Marriott Hotel in Kendall Square, or to request a pickup at Main Street in Cambridge (in front of Legal Seafood or the MIT Coop), rather than on Massachusetts Avenue, because the traffic is so dense in the immediate area. Visitors should be aware that cabs from out of town are allowed to pick up passengers in Cambridge only if they have been called. If you are in Cambridge, it is not possible to flag down a Boston or Brookline cab, or vice versa.
|Local cab companies|
|Ambassador Brattle Cab (Cambridge)
| Checker Cab of Cambridge
| Metro Cab (Boston)
|Cambridge Cab Company
| Town Taxi (Boston)
| Yellow Cab (Cambridge)
Here are a few suggestions of local car service companies. Be sure to make reservations in advance.
- Boston Coach
- Boston Town Car
- Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation
- Corporate Limousine
- Dav-El Chauffeured Transportation Network
- Lyft / Boston
- Uber / Boston
What else is happening in the first week of June?
Senior Week takes place in the days leading up to Commencement. Among the activities is Tech Night at the Pops, which is organized by the MIT Alumni Association. Transport is provided from campus to Symphony Hall in Boston.
Graduating students will be advised when tickets to Tech Night at the Pops are available for purchase.