Doctoral Ceremony

MIT faculty member hoods a new PhD; photo: Jake Belcher

Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral: Thursday, May 28, 2020

Candidates for the PhD and the ScD receive their degrees and academic hoods in a ceremony on Thursday, May 28 at 10:30 am in Killian Court. Professors (all levels of appointment and professors emeriti) and senior lecturers are warmly invited to participate, especially mentors of degree candidates.


The Doctoral Ceremony will take place in Killian Court except in the case of extreme weather (i.e., electrical storms or hail). Although faculty are seated on the stage and therefore sheltered from rain, you do have to walk across the grass to get there. You will want to keep this, and the temperature, in mind when choosing what to wear with your regalia.


Details about arrival, check-in, and the procession will be emailed directly to participants by Leslie Kolodziejski, Faculty Marshal, and also added to these pages.

Registration and regalia ordering will open ~March 16.

There will be a coat rack, and you can expect to leave a jacket or sweater safely, but we recommend that you leave valuables in your office: there is no secure place to leave laptops, briefcases, or confidential files in the robing area.

Hoods are invested by respective department heads or designates. We regret that it is not possible to honor requests to hood individual students: it is essential for the flow of the ceremony to adhere to this policy.

After the ceremony, participants, graduates, and guests proceed to School and department receptions. Reception information will be sent to you by your department(s) and will be available within the schedule page once details are available.