Professor and Senior Lecturer FAQ

Commencement will take place online on June 4, 2021. As plans are made for Commencement 2021 and the in-person celebration for the graduates of 2020, those details will be announced and this FAQ will repopulate. Invitations and specific instructions also will be emailed directly to faculty as circumstances require. You may also review the available information at the Special Classes: 2020 and 2021 page. Thank you.


About Commencement 2021

Faculty are invited to record special wishes of congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Greetings will be shown as part of the program that will precede the June 4 online Commencement celebration program. They will also be made available in the on-demand materials afterward.

To facilitate this process, and with thanks to our colleague Ike Chuang in Open Learning, our video experts have developed a quick and simple process. Videos are a maximum length of 20 seconds and the certificate-protected interface will walk you through the process. You can choose the focus of your greeting. For example, you might congratulate a research or living group or your graduating advisees, acknowledge PhDs you have supervised or particular students you have mentored, or salute the graduates of 2021 as a whole. The field is open.

The deadline for recording these greetings is 8 am on Monday, May 24.  You may choose to wear regalia, but it is neither required nor expected.

For faculty perspective on this rewarding experience, you might enjoy watching this testimonial from Professors Deborah Fitzgerald (Science, Technology, and Society) and Les Norford (Architecture).

The Commencement celebration program takes place online (thus, regalia is unnecessary), however, there are some local-level, in-person gatherings being planned now by DLCs. Faculty who wish to have a cap and gown in hand may order keepsake regalia through Oak Hall. Purchases will be shipped directly to you. For keepsake orders, please allow two weeks for processing, plus shipping time. Note: There is no mechanism to rent regalia on campus this year.

Faculty who graduated from institutions other than MIT may be able to purchase regalia from Oak Hall (contact: Peg Mead.)