Please join us for the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods on Thursday, June 4, 2015. All are invited; no tickets are required.
The Hooding Ceremony will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. We recommend reviewing all arrangements and security measures with your party in advance so everyone knows what to expect. Security details for 2015 will be finalized close to the date.
Guest admission begins at 10 am and attendees are advised to allow enough time to arrive and be seated before the Academic Procession enters the Johnson Athletics Center at 11:30 am. The guest entrance to the Johnson Athletics Center is next to the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. Those who will require assistance accessing the venue may be dropped off on the Vassar Street side of the building. Staff will be present and able to help guests from there to the Johnson Athletics Center.
Guests are asked to consider the appearance of some objects and leave anything that could be perceived as dangerous at home or in their hotel rooms. Backpacks, large bags, large objects, wrapped gifts, pocketknives or similar sharp objects, and glass bottles or containers are prohibited. Diaper bags and purses are permitted, but please note that all items taken into the Johnson Athletics Center are subject to search and that MIT will not accept responsibility for storing items that are not permitted inside the venue.
Guests are advised to carry government-issued photo ID with them to campus. Acceptable forms of ID are driver’s licenses, state ID cards, or passports.
The Johnson Athletics Center, MIT Building W34
Tickets and seating
Tickets are not required for the Hooding Ceremony and seating is unassigned.
For guests attending the Hooding Ceremony on Thursday, June 4, limited campus parking will be available. The location will be announced in late May. Paid parking is available in the University Park Garage at 55 Franklin Street.
The Johnson Athletics Center is adjacent to the Stratton Student Center, which offers several dining options. Department receptions are held after the ceremony.
Guests with disabilities
Please contact Student Disabilities Services in advance so that we know that you are attending the Hooding Ceremony. Those who will require assistance accessing the venue may be dropped off on the Vassar Street side of the building. Staff will be present and able to help guests from there to the Johnson Athletics Center.
Staff with wheelchairs will be on hand to assist you and your party. Assistance will be offered after the ceremony, as well. Please call us at 617-253-1674, TTY 617-253-3194, or email email@example.com.
The restrooms in the Johnson Athletics Center are wheelchair-accessible.
Assistive listening devices are available in the lobby.
Photographs from Hooding
There is no designated area from which guests may take photographs or videotape during the Hooding Ceremony. Guests are requested to keep in mind the experience of all the families present and to remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony so as not to block the view of others. There is no standing on seats or blocking of aisles permitted at any time.
Professional photographers (Commencement Photos, Inc.) will take pictures of each recipient of a Doctoral degree hood at the time of presentation at the Hooding Ceremony. Details are available online and information are mailed directly to advanced degree candidates from Commencement Photos, Inc. in early May. If you have questions about the photography, please contact the company by phone 978-851-5924 or email Customerservice@commencementphotos.com.
We are not indifferent to the need to have photos available right away...this is a big day in the lives of degree candidates and families. Certainly, you will want to have something to send to friends and relatives. Guests should please note that you will be able to pose with your family in front of the stage after the ceremony.
Ordering a DVD
DVDs of the Hooding Ceremony will be available for purchase from Academic Media Production Services (AMPS). Please contact Joanne Flood at or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always delighted to see children at the Hooding Ceremony. To make sure that everyone enjoys the day, please keep these things in mind:
- The ceremony is 1.5 - 2 hours long (depending on the number of hood recipients). Children may become bored or hungry. Feel free to bring quiet toys and snacks for them.
- Children are not permitted to join the Procession or a parent on stage when s/he receives a hood. We acknowledge the concessions made by family members in the years preceding this day, but we must consider the experience of all degree candidates and restrict children to the guest seating section.
After the ceremony
Individual department receptions are held after the Hooding Ceremony. Please coordinate attendance with your Doctoral candidate.