Class of 2021

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 celebration for the classes of 2020 and 2021 in person, in the future, once it is safe to do so.

Details regarding the online program, including how and when to watch, will be posted as they become available.

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

Information and downloads will populate this page as detail becomes available.

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 linked in this site.

All graduating students are eligible to receive a digital diploma at no cost. June 2021 degree candidates (all degrees, all Schools) may receive digital diplomas on June 4. Be sure to download the Blockcerts Wallet app on your mobile device when you receive the invitation from the Registrar’s Office to ensure that you receive your digital diploma as soon as it is available. Read the complete digital diploma information on the Registrar’s Office website.

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.

Now that the decision to hold a June celebration online has been made, we’ll be working on arrangements for this season—lots more to come, so please check back.

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