April 2024Vol.XXXVI No. 4

Planning for Commencement 2024

James Poterba

The multi-day MIT Commencement ceremony that was introduced in 2022 has been well received. Commencement 2024 will follow the same basic structure as last year’s celebration, with multiple shorter events replacing the historical Commencement marathon.

Activities will begin on Wednesday afternoon, May 29, with the advanced degree ceremony for the School of Science and the combined ceremony for the School of Engineering and the College of Computing. On Thursday morning, May 30, there will be advanced degree ceremonies for the Schools of Architecture and Planning; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and two programs within the Sloan School of Management. On Thursday afternoon, the OneMIT Ceremony, featuring the address by Commencement speaker Noubar Afeyan (PhD ’87), President Kornbluth’s charge to the graduates, and the traditional turning of the class ring, will be held on Killian Court. Two Sloan advanced degree ceremonies take place on Thursday evening. The celebration will conclude on Friday, May 31, with the Undergraduate Degree Ceremony in the morning on Killian Court and two additional events for Sloan advanced degree programs.

Commencement is an important milestone for our graduates, and many of them look back on it decades later as a key element of their MIT experience. Faculty involvement is essential to making it a meaningful and memorable event; our students delight in having their teachers and supervisors share in their joy and accomplishment.

You should have received an email invitation, sent on March 7, to participate in Commencement 2024. You can register and order regalia on your mobile device using the latest version of the Atlas app; like me, you may need to update the app before registering. The deadline for ordering regalia is Monday, April 22.

I welcome your feedback as we continue to refine the new format, and hope to see you at one or more of this year’s ceremonies.