Graduates FAQ

About Commencement 2022

All graduates and their guests are invited to a 90-minute OneMIT ceremony on Killian Court featuring capstone moments:

  • An academic procession of the MIT Corporation, Faculty, MIT senior leadership; and student leaders;
  • President Reif’s Charge to the Graduates;
  • The address by the Institute Commencement speaker; and
  • The turning of the Brass Rat.

Graduates and guests are invited to adjourn for cold beverages and boxed lunches following the OneMIT Ceremony: undergraduates and guests will proceed to Briggs Field; advanced degree recipients and guests proceed to the Johnson Athletics Center, with seating available in the tent on Kresge Oval.

At 1 pm, all graduating seniors will begin assembling in the tent on Briggs Field, while their guests take their seats in the audience. The Undergraduate Ceremony will be marked by the traditional reading of graduates' names, with photos taken as graduates cross the stage to receive their diplomas.

Graduates of all master’s and doctoral programs will be recognized (and have their photos taken) during in-person school- and college-specific ceremonies. Guests will be welcomed at these celebrations and hoods will be presented to doctoral candidates. Ceremony times and locations vary by school. Diploma distribution for advanced degree recipients will take place Thursday, May 26 (10 am to 5 pm) and Friday, May 27 (10 am to 5 pm) in the Stata Center (Building 32, Rooms 32-124 and 32-144).

Since 2017, groups of students, staff, and faculty have been working to address several challenges with MIT’s previous format for degree conferral on Killian Court:

  • MIT’s Commencement  ceremony was far too long. At the 2019 ceremony (the last before the start of the pandemic), MIT awarded 2,456 degrees. That process, from assembly to closing, required a commitment of 5.5 hours for graduates and 4.5 hours for faculty.
  • The duration for guests on Killian Court was even longer since many arrived 2-3 hours before the ceremony began.
  • The 2019 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral ceremony, at which 536 advanced degree candidates were honored, lasted four-plus hours.
  • In the event of inclement weather, MIT would have had to exclude many would-be guests from diploma distribution because Killian Court cannot be tented.

With the benefit of community feedback, including through surveys and focus groups with students and recent alumni, Academic Council made the decision in October 2019 to move forward with structural changes to Commencement 2021 and beyond, as described in this letter to the community. The new format encompasses indoor or tented venues for ceremonies comprising individual recognition, one benefit of which is guest access to the ceremonies except in rare cases of extreme weather.

The Commencement Transition Team worked to develop the new format and traditions that were announced in December 2021. As noted by the transition team chair, Professor James Poterba, at the faculty meeting (see slides) that month, the team pursued changes that were in keeping with the community preferences and values shared by many students, faculty, and staff, including:

  • All students would like a Killian Court experience (the OneMIT ceremony described above achieves this goal).
  • It would be inequitable if some students received their degrees on Killian Court while others did not, so the decision was made to present all diplomas in other venues.
  • Undergraduates would like to receive their diplomas together as a class.
  • Graduate students preferred a school-based, more personal experience for their degree-awarding ceremonies.

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 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.

We will continue to closely monitor the Covid-19 situation, and keep you updated about any changes to our policies or plans.

Full information about MIT policy in regard to Covid-19 is available at MIT Now.

The OneMIT Commencement Ceremony will take place outdoors in Killian Court except in the case of severe weather. Please communicate this to your family and friends: if it is rainy or cold, they may prefer to watch the webcast, which is open to all and does not require any log-in.

Participation

Instructions for graduates are now available for

Please read the information carefully, note the reporting times, and share details with your guests! Those participating in Advanced Degree ceremonies will receive instructions from the School/College.

Please visit the Schedule page for an overview of the Commencement 2022 festivities.

When you apply to graduate, you indicate whether or not you plan to participate in Commencement. Review your degree application to see if you are registered to march. Questions may be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

Please submit your Commencement RSVP by visiting degreeapp.mit.edu as soon as possible. If you need assistance after May 15, please contact the Registrar’s Office at records@mit.edu.

Visit your Degree Application and click the “RSVP” tab to indicate your attendance plans for the ceremonies that apply to you and the degree(s) you will receive.

Please submit your Commencement RSVP by visiting degreeapp.mit.edu as soon as possible. If you need assistance after May 15, please contact the Registrar’s Office at records@mit.edu.

Please remain alert to these pages for the most up-to-date security information—Thank you.

There will be metal detectors in place at Killian Court and Briggs Field (see ceremony schedule) and a number of items are prohibited; please discuss these measures with your party so everyone knows what to expect. Attendees are advised to pack lightly for the day because all items taken into all ceremony venues are subject to search—the less they are carrying, the more quickly the party will be able to proceed through security.
 
The following items are PERMITTED in ceremony venues:

  • Snacks and beverages in plastic or paper/cardboard packaging. Plastic bottles, juice boxes, and disposable coffee cups are all ok. Water is available free of charge inside Killian Court.
  • Cameras
  • Phones
  • Diaper bags and related items (formula, juice boxes, wipes, creams, diapers, toys, etc)
  • Purses or similar, personal small bags, including tote bags and briefcases. Personal bags of this nature should be no larger than 16x16x6 inches (or approximately 40x40x15 centimeters)
  • Reading material, whether printed or electronic (Nook, Kindle, iPad, etc)
  • Laptops and tablets
  • Keys
  • Personal medical supplies

The following items are PROHIBITED in ceremony venues:

  • Bags with wheels
  • Bags whose size exceeds 16x16x6 inches (or approximately 40x40x15 centimeters)
  • Wrapped gifts  
  • Glass bottles and containers
  • Firearms, knives (including pocketknives), and other weapons
  • Scissors and other sharp objects
  • Mace, pepper spray, or similar substances
  • Selfie sticks
  • Drones
  • Large objects

Attendees are asked to consider the appearance of some objects, such as key ring tools/accessories, and leave anything that could be perceived as dangerous at home or in the hotel room. Service animals are welcome at Commencement ceremonies, but no other pets of any size will be permitted inside ceremony venues. Further, we discourage balloons or anything else that would block others’ view of the ceremony. Attendees may carry an umbrella to outdoor ceremonies, but open umbrellas are not permitted while seated. Please note that prohibited items will be confiscated and not returned.
 
Guests are advised to carry government-issued ID (such as driver’s licenses, state ID cards, or passports).

There is no graduation rehearsal. Degree candidates participating in the OneMIT Ceremony and/or the Undergraduate Ceremony: please pick up important information regarding the OneMIT Ceremony and the Undergraduate Ceremony

Details regarding Advanced Degree Ceremonies is available from the Schools and College.

For information on how to obtain a letter of invitation so your family can get visas to visit the US for graduation, please visit the Registrar’s graduation site and scroll down to the “What you need to do” section, third bullet point.

Degree candidates were invited via email from NameCoach to record the pronunciation of your name to help ensure that it is announced correctly at your graduation ceremony. The deadline to make a recording was Thursday, May 5.

If you missed the deadline, had technical difficulties, or chose not to call in, this has no bearing on inclusion in your ceremony. If you are on the degree list and participating, your name will be called.

View and download a PDF book of the 2022 graduates’ names. Note: the book reflects the degree list as of May 20, 2022.

Tickets and photos

All graduates participating in Commencement ceremonies are eligible to receive up to four (4) guest tickets for the OneMIT Ceremony in Killian Court. Tickets will be required for those three (3) years of age and older.

Tickets for MIT Commencement ceremonies may not be bought or sold under any circumstances.

Ticketing is now open for the OneMIT Ceremony, Undergraduate Ceremony, and Advanced Degree Ceremonies! Please see the details

Advanced degree candidates in the Sloan School of Management should consult their program managers regarding tickets for those ceremonies.

A ticket is required for all those ages three (3) and older. Babies and children ages two (2) and under do not need tickets.

As your guest exits the venue, the electronic ticket will be scanned out. When the guest returns, the same ticket may be presented to be scanned back in.

Photo ordering information for the Class of 2022 will be mailed following the ceremonies from GradImages. Most* degree candidates will receive an email and a hard copy packet will be sent to the mailing address on file. You may pre-order graduation pictures (until 11:59 pm the night before your ceremony) to take advantage of a promo code for 20% off: visit GradImages online to view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, and specialty gifts.

If have any questions or concerns regarding photos, please contact GradImages Customer Service at (800) 261-2576, online, or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

*Advanced degree candidates in MIT Sloan: please consult your program managers for details on ordering photos from your ceremonies.

There are no extra tickets available for the OneMIT Ceremony, Undergraduate Ceremony, or Advanced Degree Ceremonies. If you have more family members than tickets, we recommend checking with friends who may have tickets they do not expect to use. While tickets to MIT ceremonies may not be bought or sold under any circumstances, we encourage graduating students to share with one another. Electronic tickets are transferable.

Graduation ceremonies will be webcast, which is open to all and does not require any log-in.

In addition, on-campus, indoor viewing locations will be available during the OneMIT Ceremony, the Undergraduate Ceremony, and the Special Ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021. These venues are an excellent option for guests who either prefer to sit indoors or do not have tickets to enter the ceremony venue. No tickets are required for the indoor viewing locations; seating is open. Tim Tickets are not required to access these indoor locations.The indoor viewing locations for Friday and Saturday are listed below. Please note that the rooms differ on each day.

Friday, May 27, 2022 Saturday, May 28, 2022
Building 1: 1-246, 1-273 Building 1: 1-246, 1-273
Building 2: 2-105, 2-131, 2-151, 2-190 Building 2: 2-135, 2-139, 2-143, 2-147, 2-151
Building 3: 3-270, 3-333, 3-370 Building 3: 3-270, 3-333, 3-370
Building 4: 4-231, 4-237, 4-270, 4-370 Building 4: 4-231, 4-237, 4-270, 4-370
Building 6: 6-120 Building 6: 6-120
Building 10: 10-250 Building 10: 10-250
Building 26: 26-100 Building 26: 26-100
Building 32: 32-123 (Kirsch Auditorium) Building 32: 32-123 (Kirsch Auditorium)
Building 34: 34-101 Building 34: 34-101
W16: Swraj Paul Theatre at Kresge Auditorium and Little Theatre

 

The Tim Ticket requirement is lifted during the celebration days and many doors are unlocked. Your guests will be able to access the indoor viewing locations without a Tim Ticket. View and download a map of building access points across campus.

Regalia

All graduates participating in the 2022 MIT Commencement ceremonies must wear academic regalia (cap and gown) and must complete this form.

If you own a cap and gown already or have the option to borrow regalia from a friend, you will be able to indicate that on the online form.

Those in active military service may wear the prescribed dress uniform instead of academic regalia, as may Air Force, Army, Marine, and Navy ROTC candidates who have spoken with their respective commanders and been given the correct rank to wear with their service dress. You will be able to indicate this option on the online form

Please visit the Regalia page for more detailed information. 

PhD/ScD candidates, please note that you do not need to order your Doctoral hood...it will be presented to you at your School/College ceremony.

Air Force, Army, Marine, and Navy ROTC candidates may wear the prescribed dress uniform instead of academic regalia, provided they have spoken with their respective commanders and have been given the correct rank to wear with their service dress. Active service members may wear the prescribed dress uniform. You will be able to indicate this option on the online form

Doctoral candidates will be given their academic hoods by MIT—it is not necessary to order the hood with the rest of the regalia. Please remain alert to these pages and to notifications from your School or College regarding arrangements for the Advanced Degree Ceremony in your area.

Because you will be walking around campus, it's always wise to dress for the outdoor conditions and the need to walk on pavement and grass. The OneMIT Ceremony will be held OUTSIDE (except in the case of severe weather).

In case of rain, we recommend not unwrapping and putting on your regalia until you arrive at your ceremony’s assembly area: if necessary, you will be given a poncho to wear over your clothing and under your regalia. This is best accomplished if your gown is clean and dry to start.

Accessibility

To reserve seating in the Disabilities sections, please complete the online request form. Please do this as soon as possible: seating is limited in these accessible sections. Questions may be directed to Disability and Access Services at 617-253-1674 or email das-student@mit.edu.

The person with the disability does not have to sit alone. Your entire party may sit together in the Disabilities sections. All graduates receive the same number of tickets, regardless of section.

Yes, devices are available at event venues. Please see us there or call ahead 617-253-2808 if you have further questions. 

That is fine! And thank you for considering your needs carefully. When you submit the Accessible Seating request form, please include details in the text box.

There is no standing allowed in these sections, since that would obstruct the view of those unable to stand. Please consider this carefully as you determine whether these sections are appropriate for your family.

If you think that your family member will need a wheelchair for the entire day, we recommend that you rent one. Please see the accessibility page for suggestions of wheelchair rental companies.

Service animals are always welcome at MIT. If you are requesting tickets for the Disabilities sections, it is helpful, though not essential, to let us know at that time that your family will be accompanied by a service animal. Reminder: no other pets of any size will be permitted inside the event venues.

We recommend first calling the accessible Cambridge Taxi program at 866-654-1003. Other area companies include: Ambassador Cab 617-492-1100, Checker Cab of Cambridge 617-497-9000, and Top/City Cab of Boston 617-536-5100. 

First aid

Personnel from MIT’s Medical Department will staff a Medical Station. Graduates and guests requiring onsite first aid are welcome to visit as needed. Emergency and ambulance services will be on call and onsite and can be activated by any of the Commencement staff.

If you anticipate a need for local medical support during the graduation festivities, please contact the MIT Medical Department ahead of time to let us know how we can help (617) 253-7625.

Diplomas

Undergraduate degree recipients will receive their diplomas at the Undergraduate Ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, May 27.

Advanced degree recipients will pick up their diplomas on Thursday, May 26 or Friday, May 27 on the first floor of the Stata Center (Building 32). Please bring your diploma case WITH YOU for pick-up: while not required, this will allow you to place the paper within right away.

  • Thursday, May 26: 10 am to 5 pm, 32-124 and 32-144
  • Friday, May 27: 10 am to 5 pm, 32-124 and 32-144

All graduating students are eligible to receive a digital version of their diploma at no cost. Look out for an email from the Registrar’s Office inviting you to download the Blockcerts Wallet app on your mobile device and add MIT as an issuer. You must complete these steps before Thursday, May 26 to ensure that you receive your digital diploma for Commencement. Learn more about digital diplomas.

Please also note the following:

  • Digital diplomas are not a replacement for MIT’s traditional paper diploma. Everyone will also receive a physical diploma.
  • Paper diplomas will be presented at the Undergraduate Ceremony on Friday, May 27. Advanced degree recipients can pick up their diplomas at designated locations beginning Thursday, May 26.

 

Celebration for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021

Yes! There will be a special ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on Saturday, May 28, 2022. More information can be found on the Special Classes: 2020 and 2021 page