Each graduate* is allotted four (4) tickets to Commencement. Tickets will be picked up in person at the end of May and should be passed to family and friends before the ceremony. With the exception of those with disabilities, all Commencement guests will be seated in the General section. A ticket allows admittance to Killian Court, but within the Court, seats are unassigned…the earlier you arrive, the more choice you have as to where to sit. Please remember to take your ticket with you if you decide to leave the Court at any time. All tickets are barcoded and will be scanned anytime you enter or exit the Court. You must have a ticket to be readmitted.
Tickets are required for all those ages three (3) and older. Babies and children under three years old do not need tickets.
*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, for this year only, Doctoral candidates will be permitted up to four (4) guest tickets for the Friday ceremony, should they and their families still wish to attend. 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.
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.
If you find on Commencement Day that you have extra tickets, you may give them to a Guest Services volunteer (these are the people in the red vests) or turn them in at the information tents so they can be redistributed. Thank you.
Viewing centers around campus will show a live video feed, with captions, of the Commencement Exercises. These locations will be posted at the end 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.