Class of 2021

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Commencement Day is June 4, 2021

On February 4, President Reif announced the plans for Commencement and Reunions in 2021: all celebrations will take place online (see the full text of the announcement). Please note, MIT is committed to creating a special on-campus celebration for the classes of 2020 and 2021 in May 2022.

Timing

On June 4, the central Commencement programming takes place 12 noon–3 pm (US Eastern time):

  • 12 noon–1 pm | Pre-program festivities
  • 1–2 pm | Online Commencement Celebration Program and Degree Conferral
  • 2–3 pm | Graduate Recognition

Further details will be posted as they become available. Please note that MIT Schools, departments, labs, centers, programs, and groups may organize other online festivities surrounding the Commencement celebration program—degree candidates should watch for messages about those events.

Guest speaker

MIT is delighted to announce Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, as the guest speaker for the Commencement 2021 online celebration program. Stevenson, Aronson Family Professor of Criminal Justice at the New York University School of Law, is a public interest lawyer and social justice activist who is also the author of the best-selling memoir, Just Mercy and the visionary creator of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which commemorates the Black victims of lynching in the United States. Read more in The Tech and in MIT News.

Online Commencement 2021

Tag your social media posts with #MIT2021! Connect on Twitter (@MIT, @MITCommencement, @MITStudents, @MIT_Alumni), Instagram (MITpics, MITStudents, MITalumni), and Facebook (Facebook.com/MITnews, Facebook.com/MITAA). Go to socialmediahub.mit.edu to experience the day through MIT social media accounts.

2021 FAQ

The online Commencement 2021 celebration program will be webcast with captions and ASL interpretation. No special equipment will be required to enjoy the show, although you may want to confirm the stability of your internet connection prior to June 4.

No: there is one MIT Commencement ceremony program for all degrees and all areas of study.

However, Schools, departments, programs, labs, and affinity groups may choose to hold individual online celebrations in connection with Commencement. As those plans are made, info will be added to the Schedule page. 

All graduating students are eligible to receive a digital diploma at no cost. This year, the digital diploma will be the most immediate way for you to receive your credentials and share them with potential employers, schools, family, and friends.
 
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’ll want to complete these steps before June 4 to ensure that you receive your digital diploma during MIT’s online Commencement program. Learn more about the digital diploma program.

Yes. All graduates will receive their MIT diplomas. Be sure to keep your contact information current in WebSIS so the Registrar knows how and where to reach you. If you graduated in September or February and no longer have access to WEBSIS, write to records@mit.edu to provide your new contact information. This is critical to MIT being able to reach you with official electronic or physical mailings.

No, you do not need to worry about placing an order for academic regalia.

However, if you wish to have a cap and gown for photos and to keep as a souvenir, you may order keepsake regalia through Oak Hall, MIT’s provider. Purchases will be shipped directly to you. For keepsake orders, please allow two weeks for processing, plus shipping time. 

A note for PhD/ScD candidates: your Doctoral hood will be provided to you by MIT...you do not need to order it. Diplomas + hoods are to be shipped over the summer.

Yes! You may still order a class ring:

  • 2021 undergraduates: contact MIT’s Herff Jones representative, Jeff Quirk
  • 2021 advanced degrees: visit the Grad Rat website for details

**NOTE: the submission deadline has passed. You may submit data now, however, it will be added to a batch that will be shipped AFTER Commencement Day.**

Degree candidates may request their Commencement gift box and provide a shipping address via Qualtrics. Touchstone log-in is required.

Sept 2020 grads: if you do not have access to Touchstone anymore, please check your email for a follow-up message that provides you a unique link to log in. Contact us if you have any further trouble.

Graduating students: participate in a Commencement tradition!

Record your greetings, congratulations, shout-outs, and thanks to family and friends...submission is easy and automated via Touchstone.

A sampling of these video clips or portions thereof will be part of this year’s online pre-ceremony program and/or shared at its conclusion. The videos will also be included in the on-demand materials available after Commencement.

To consider...

  • Shout-outs to other students, to your dorm or FSILG, or to members of your groups and activities
  • Appreciation for a particular mentor, professor, or advisor at MIT
  • Hellos from family members (or others, if you record and edit them into your clip). Multilingual greetings welcome and encouraged!
  • Thanks and gratitude for the support of family
  • Share a favorite memory of your time at MIT
  • A few words about where you are in the world

Deadline = 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 16

Questions about video greetings? Contact

We’re making a participatory dance video for Commencement with Collision Shop, an MIT Theater Arts spring production directed and choreographed by MTA Lecturer Dan Safer—and we want you and your friends to be a part of it!

Collision Shop is a step-by-step process and virtual collaborative performance geared toward creating joy and connecting people all over the world. For this special Commencement iteration, we’d like to feature the MIT community coming together to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of the 2021 graduating class.

All you have to do is film yourself interpreting a minute of audio instructions and have fun (with options to get more elaborate if you want)! You do not have to be a professional (or professional-in-training) dancer to participate, nor do you have to be a graduating student: ALL MIT faculty, staff, and students are welcome to share their joy.

Create joy! Make art in your living room and share it with the MIT community! We’d love to have you.


Collision Shop, an international video installation project, to be shown at: MIT (Cambridge, MA, USA); The Invisible Dog (Brooklyn, NY, USA); Art Lords Gallery (Kabul, Afghanistan); Blitz Bazar (Lyon, France); Art Spaces (Katowice, Poland); and online at www.collisionshop.org

The hour following the online Commencement Celebration Program and Degree Conferral will be devoted to the presentation of graduates’ names. In addition, graduates will be able to search for their names and share an individual slide and recording with family and friends. These features will become available at the conclusion of the online program and will remain accessible after Commencement Day.

Please watch your email (and spam/junk boxes) for a prompt to log in to the Name Coach system and record your name for our readers. The subject line of this email, dated April 30, isAction needed: Record your name for Commencement.” Deadline extended to 5 pm EDT on Friday, May 14

When you see a domain “Name Coach” in your email, do not delete! It is not spam.

For help with the recording procedures, or if you cannot find your copy of the email, please contact Name Coach support directly. The support team is available 9 am–5 pm Pacific time, Monday–Friday, and they will reply within ~1 business day.

If you are not sure whether you are on the degree list, please check with the Registrar’s Office.

If you choose not to submit a recording of your name via Name Coach—or if you miss the deadline—and you are on the degree list, your name WILL still be read on Commencement Day and there will be an individual slide for you.

If you think you have missed Commencement-related email, first check your spam and junk boxes for errant messages. To confirm you are on the degree list OR to provide a post-MIT email for further communication, please follow up with the Registrar’s Office.

Because the Class of 2021 will be invited back to campus in May 2022, it is very important to keep your contact information current. Thank you.