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Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral

Thursday, June 6, 2019
10 am
Killian Court

At MIT, advanced degree candidates receive their Doctoral hoods and their diplomas in a separate ceremony held the day before Commencement. Family, friends, and mentors of PhD and ScD candidates are well aware of the long journey to earning a Doctoral degree: the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral Ceremony is a very happy occasion for all. There are no tickets required for the Doctoral Ceremony on June 6: all families, friends, and mentors of Doctoral candidates are welcome.

Doctoral recipients and their families may attend the Commencement Exercises (for Bachelor’s and Master’s candidates) on Friday, but this is optional, as PhDs and ScDs will receive their diplomas on Thursday. Doctoral degree recipients are invited in 2019 to march in the Academic Procession on Friday and to sit together in the court; those who do choose to march do not need a Commencement ticket for themselves, but will be permitted up to four (4) guest tickets.

For more information, please choose either Doctoral Candidates or Doctoral Ceremony Guests.

Guest speakers and event coverage


Squire Booker PhD ’94, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology at Penn State University. Announcement at MIT News


Candis Callison SM ’02 PhD ’10, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia Vancouver
Coverage at MIT News


Lisa Su ’90 SM ’91 PhD ’94, President and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices
Coverage at MIT News


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala MCP ’78 PhD ’81, Former Minister of Finance, Nigeria
Coverage at MIT News


Mike Massimino SM ’88 PhD ’92, Astronaut and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University
Announcement at MIT News


Hooding bow