Commencement | Professors


Robing and assembly

Participating faculty 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.


Please note that 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. Arrival and procedure details for both Commencement and Hooding 2018 have now been emailed to all participating faculty and assistants. If you did not receive this communication from the faculty marshal, Professor Leslie Kolodziejski, please contact Kimberly Nelson post-haste to confirm your participation.


Commencement is held on 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, 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, faculty 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, faculty, 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.

Commencement Exercises

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


On Commencement Day, some lots are closed so they may be used for guest parking; these changes will be announced prior to Commencement. For more information, please contact the Parking Office.

Faculty chatting

Faculty on Memorial Drive

Faculty chatting before Commencement