Student nominations for Doctoral Ceremony guest speakers

Student nominations for Doctoral Ceremony guest speakers

MIT Doctoral* students, whether pursuing a PhD or ScD, are invited to submit nominations for guest speakers at future ceremonies for the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral. The guest speaker at the Doctoral Ceremony is one who inspires the degree candidates and demonstrates a professional path in the chosen realm, whether academe, public service, non-profit, or the private sector. Criteria:

  • Nominees must hold an MIT PhD or ScD.
  • Nominees should have the ability to encourage and inspire, to show a professional path, and to demonstrate success in making career decisions.

Submissions are accepted year-round and will be considered in the next session of review following their receipt. (The deadline for the 2019 ceremony has passed.) There is no limit to the number of names you may submit for consideration. Although we ask that you please nominate one person per form submission, you may submit this form multiple times to recommend multiple people. It is not necessary to write a formal letter of nomination, but we welcome any background you are able to provide via this form.

Nominees are considered by Chancellor Barnhart, host of the ceremony; Chancellor Grimson, chair of the Commencement Committee; and an annually convened working group of Doctoral student representatives from all five Schools. All nominations and deliberations are confidential—but when a speaker is confirmed, the good news will be announced via MIT News (this tends to be in the spring). Questions? Documents to email? Contact us

*MIT invests Doctoral hoods only; there is no Master’s degree hood at MIT.


Candis Callison at MIT Hooding 2018

Candis Callison SM ’02 PhD ’10, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia Vancouver, addressed the candidates at the 2018 Hooding ceremony.

Please confirm. You are current whether you are in the midst of research, finishing your work soon, or recently finished and planning to receive your hood at the next ceremony (June).
You may be studying within a center, program, or group...please let us know the School or department with which it affiliates.
Please provide brief personal information such as the thrust of your research (the <25-word version), your supervising faculty member(s), and a link to your research/personal website or LinkedIn profile.
We know things can change - a current projection is fine.
Please tell us the name and current title/role/professional status of the nominee.
Here, you may wish to note professional accomplishments, particular areas of leadership or expertise, admirable personal qualities, and other things you may know about the individual. How does this nominee inspire you?
We welcome links to professional profiles, nominee in the news, journal articles, video of public addresses, etc. If you happen to be in touch with the nominee - or know someone who is - and are able to provide direct contact information for the individual or office, that detail is helpful.