Tickets | Graduates


Each graduate to be awarded a degree at the Commencement Exercises is permitted up to four (4) guest tickets, which will be barcoded and assigned to the candidate. No additional tickets are available. An admission ticket is required for each guest in the seating area, including children three (3) years of age or older. Tickets are allotted only to degree candidates who are participating in the Commencement Exercises.

**Special note: in 2019, Doctoral candidates will receive their diplomas and hoods on Thursday, June 6, which means they will not be presented with diplomas at the Commencement Exercises on Friday. However, Doctoral degree recipients are invited in 2019 to march in the Academic Procession on Friday and to sit together in the court; those who do choose to march do not need a Commencement ticket for themselves, but will be permitted up to four (4) guest tickets. The Registrar’s Office will be in touch with further information regarding these changes. There are no tickets required for the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral Ceremony on June 6: all families, friends, and mentors of Doctoral candidates are welcome.**

Sharing tickets

While the Institute encourages students to share unneeded tickets, graduates and guests are advised that no tickets to Commencement at MIT may be bought or sold under any circumstances.

Ticket pick-up hours and locations

Commencement tickets (including those for the Disabilities section) will be distributed in the Bush Room (10-105), up until the night before Commencement.

Pick-up dates and times
Days Times
May 22, 23, and 24 12 pm – 5 pm
May 28, 29, 30, and 31 9 am – 5 pm
June 3, 4, and 5 9 am – 5 pm
June 6 7 am – 5 pm
June 7 (Commencement Day!) Beginning at 7 am

Picking up tickets on Commencement Day

On the morning of Commencement only, a family member bearing a government-issued ID may pick up tickets at the Commencement Information Booth in Lobby 7, starting at 7 am.

Viewing locations

Viewing centers around campus will show a live video feed, with captions, of the Commencement Exercises. These locations will be posted the last week of May.

Please note that Commencement is held outside rain or shine and that Killian Court is an open area with almost no shade. Indoor viewing is an excellent choice for those who may find it difficult to be seated outside for the duration of the ceremony. For families who have more guests than tickets, the viewing centers provide an option for anyone who would like to see the ceremony live. The viewing centers are open to all.

Killian Court set for Commencement

Grads pose for a picture

Mom adjusts graduate's tassel

Grad looks for family in the crowd