FAQ | Professors


How do I register to participate in Commencement and/or the Hooding Ceremony?
An online form to register will be available on these pages ~April 15, 2019.

Is there someone with whom I can talk about participation and my role that day? I’d like to learn more and/or have specific questions.
Leslie Kolodziejski, Faculty Marshal, is available to address any questions you may have. Kindly send her an email. If you have general questions about Commencement and Hooding logistics or arrangements, please direct them to Gayle Gallagher, Executive Officer for Commencement.

I’m new to all of this and have never participated before. Is it appropriate for me to sign up?
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.  

Where do I pick up and return my rented regalia?
Information about regalia rental may be found on the regalia and tickets page.

Where is assembly for faculty on Commencement morning?
Faculty are asked to report to the assembly tent on Kresge Oval on Friday, June 7, by 9:15 am for robing and assembly; the procession departs at 9:45 am. Continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 am. Details about Commencement and Hooding procedures will be emailed to all participating faculty and assistants approaching the event dates.

How long are the Commencement Exercises?
The Commencement Exercises, which officially begin as the Academic Procession enters Killian Court at 10 am, conclude at approximately 2 pm. The names of graduates are read in alternating order between undergraduates and graduates.

Do I need a ticket to participate in Commencement?
If you are marching in the Commencement procession, you do not need a ticket. Due to the increase over recent years in the number of graduates and their guests at the Exercises, faculty guest tickets are no longer offered as a matter of course. However, individual faculty requests will be reviewed by Chancellor Eric Grimson—kindly send a note with the pertinent details.

Can I greet a special graduating student at Commencement?
There is limited space for moving on stage during the ceremony, but our faculty marshals work to allow faculty to find a way to greet special students.

Can I leave the stage and return during Commencement?
Faculty are an important part of the greeting during Commencement and are therefore asked to remain on stage. However, if you need to leave, there are stairs off the back of the stage and the faculty marshals can help you leave and return to stage once the actual awarding of degrees begins.

What happens after Commencement?
Graduates, guests, and faculty are invited to the individual School and department receptions held across campus. 

Where do I go to assemble for the Hooding Ceremony?
Please report to Rockwell Cage in the Johnson Athletics Center between 9:25 and 9:35 am.

How long is the Hooding Ceremony?
The Hooding Ceremony lasts about 135 minutes. Faculty are asked to remain seated throughout. Thank you.

Who invests the hoods of Doctoral candidates at the Hooding Ceremony?
Either the department head or the department’s representative invests the hoods, along with the chancellor, host of the event.

Further questions? Please send a note to commencement@mit.edu.

Killian Court before Commencement begins

Faculty member hugs a graduate

Stacked dipomas

Faculty in procession