Faculty FAQ

Information for faculty

When MIT announced an in-person Commencement celebration last December, we noted that we would be carefully monitoring Covid-19 to assess whether any significant shifts in the public health landscape should prompt changes to our policies or plans.

While cases on MIT’s campus are currently decreasing, they are rising across the country and in Massachusetts. For these reasons, we strongly encourage graduates and guests to take precautions before Commencement ceremonies.

To help stop the spread of Covid-19, everyone can test before traveling and they can wear a high-quality mask while traveling and/or indoors. Consistent with these safeguards, MIT is strongly encouraging all MIT graduates and their guests—as well as faculty and other ceremony participants, staff, and volunteers—to wear high-quality masks during indoor Commencement ceremonies. The Institute will make face coverings available for free at all Commencement events.

The Institute expects that Commencement attendees who are eligible to be vaccinated will be up-to-date on their Covid vaccinations or have a medical or religious reason why they cannot receive the vaccine. We strongly encourage attendees who are unvaccinated or who have concerns to wear a well-fitting mask at all Commencement events.

Should there be any updates requiring the attention of participating faculty and lecturers, they would be emailed to you directly. Full information about MIT policy in regard to Covid-19 is available at MIT Now.

An overview of the Commencement 2022 festivities is on the Schedule page.

You can register to march and order regalia by submitting the online form. Please note that the deadline to order rental regalia has passed. If you are still in need of regalia, please indicate this on the registration form. The form is still open to register your plans to attend the Commencement ceremonies.

Pick-up

Regalia pick-up will be Commencement week (May 23-28) from W-20-100 (the former location of Anna's Taqueria) from 10am-4pm.

Returns

Regalia returns will also be Commencement week (May 23-28) as well as Tuesday, May 31 from W-20-100 from 10am-4pm. 

If you are marching in any Commencement ceremony, you do not need a ticket, but you do need to register via the online form

A note about Commencement guest tickets: Due to the increase in the number of graduates and their guests, faculty guest tickets are not offered as a matter of course. However, individual faculty requests will be considered: please send a note with the pertinent details to James Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics and chair of the Commencement Committee.

This is a new ceremony (with familiar elements) on the morning of Friday, May 27 that unites the undergraduate and graduate degree candidates in all programs in all Schools and the College. The OneMIT ceremony, which does not comprise diploma presentation, includes the academic procession; speeches, including President Reif’s Charge to the Graduates and the address by guest speaker Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala MCP ’78 PhD ’81, Director-General of the World Trade Organization; and the turning of the Brass Rat. The ceremony will start at 10 am.

Commencement 2022 event schedule

Following the OneMIT Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 27, there will be an afternoon conferral of Bachelor’s degrees on Briggs Field, when students will cross the stage as their names are announced. The Undergraduate Ceremony is scheduled for 2–4 pm.

Commencement 2022 event schedule

On Thursday, May 26, there will be a new set of ceremonies, held by the Schools and College, to recognize the graduates of all Master’s and Doctoral programs, when hoods will be presented to Doctoral candidates and all of the degree recipients will be announced, cross the stage, and have their pictures taken.

The School of Architecture and Planning; the School of Engineering and the Schwarzman College of Computing (combined); the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and the School of Science will hold advanced degree ceremonies on Thursday. The Sloan School of Management will divide by program for the Commencement celebrations: please consult Sloan program managers for details of each event.

Commencement 2022 event schedule

 

Thank you for your registration! Faculty and lecturers who are participating in the OneMIT Ceremony, the Undergraduate Ceremony, and/or the Special Ceremony for 2020 and 2021 have been emailed instructions from Professor Leslie Kolodziejski, Faculty Marshal. If you did not receive the details yet, please check your spam box and if no luck, contact us to ensure that we have your registration.

There will be a special event on the morning of Saturday, May 28 to celebrate those students whose graduations in 2020 and 2021 were marked by virtual ceremonies. Faculty and lecturers may now register to participate.

Absolutely! Whether this is your first Commencement or your twentieth, we welcome faculty members at all levels of appointment, as well as emeriti colleagues who wish to join us.  

Questions about registration and regalia may be directed to Kimberly Nelson.