Commencement Day: 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.
On June 4, the central Commencement programming took 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
MIT welcomed 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.
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.
No: there is one MIT Commencement ceremony program for all degrees and all areas of study.
All graduating students are eligible to receive a digital version of their diploma at no cost. Digital diplomas enable you to own your MIT credential and are the most immediate way for you to share your achievement with potential employers, institutions of higher learning, and family and friends.
In order to receive your digital diploma on Commencement Day, you must opt-in and complete the following steps by Thursday, June 3:
1. Open one of the reminder emails from the Registrar’s Office.
2. Download the Blockcerts Wallet app to your mobile device.
3. Add MIT as an issuer.
Yes. All graduates will receive their MIT diplomas. Digital diplomas are not a replacement for MIT’s traditional, paper diploma. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your new contact information. This is critical to MIT being able to reach you with official electronic or physical mailings.
Physical diplomas will be mailed to all Class of 2021 graduates by the Registrar’s Office in mid-June; expected shipment time is 2-3 weeks. To ensure prompt delivery, please update your mailing address in degreeapp.mit.edu by Friday, June 4.
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 either
- Purchase at the Coop in Kendall Square or
- Order keepsake regalia through Oak Hall, MIT’s provider. Purchases made online 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. To ensure prompt delivery, please update your mailing address in degreeapp.mit.edu by Friday, June 4.
**NOTE: the submission deadline has passed. You may submit data now, however, it will be added to the FINAL batch that will be shipped at the end of June.**
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.
YES. If you chose not to submit a recording of your name via Name Coach—or if you missed the deadline—and you were on the degree list, you were included in graduate recognition. ⇒ Go to the graduate recognition site
Because the celebration is online this year, all graduates (September 2020, February 2021, and June 2021) were recognized.
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.