Robing and assembly
Arrival and procedure details for Commencement 2018 have now been emailed to all participating senior lecturers. If you plan to march but did not receive this communication from the faculty marshal, Professor Leslie Kolodziejski, please contact Kimberly Nelson post-haste to confirm your participation. Participating Senior Lecturers are asked to report to the assembly tent on Kresge Oval the morning of Friday, June 8, by 9:15 am, for the procession departs at 9:45 am. Continental breakfast will be available from 8:30 am. Enter the tent via the Kresge Auditorium lobby on the Student Center side—and please join us no later than 9:30 am: the door will be closed at that time.
Note: the robing and assembly area on Kresge Oval will not be secure after the procession leaves. Please do not bring anything of value with you, nor leave anything there. Further detail about arrangements, including those that pertain to security, will be sent directly to participants in the week leading up to Commencement.
Commencement is held on Killian Court except in the case of extreme weather (i.e., electrical storms or hail). Although professors and Senior Lecturers are seated on the stage and therefore sheltered from rain, we 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.
In case of severe weather, professors and Senior Lecturers still would assemble on Kresge Oval. You can check for a change in plans after 7 am on the morning of Commencement by calling ext. 3-SNOW. The ceremony would be moved to Rockwell Cage for the graduates, professors and Senior Lecturers, and Corporation members; guests would watch the exercises via closed-circuit television at various locations around campus.
Continental breakfast will be available in the assembly area, and there will be a bottle of water under your seat on the stage.
The Exercises begin when the Academic Procession enters Killian Court at 10 am and ends at approximately 2 pm. The names of graduates are read by eight members of the MIT administrative staff in alternating order between undergraduates and graduate students.
After the ceremony
The stage assembly recesses through Killian Court, and all participants, graduates, and guests are invited to School and department receptions.
Due to an influx of guests travelling around campus, all parkers are encouraged to seek alternate commuting options on June 8. For more information, please contact the Parking Office.