• The ceremonial mace, which is carried into the Commencement exercises by the MIT Alumni Association president.

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  • The diplomas are delivered to Killian Court prior to the ceremony.

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  • Raymond S. Stata ’57, the Commencement speaker, prepares for the exercises.

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  • A graduating student reads a copy of The Tech, the MIT student newspaper, while waiting to line up prior to the Commencement exercises.

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  • Institute chaplain Robert Randolph dons his regalia prior to the Commencement ceremonies.

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  • The Commencement procession begins makes its way toward Killian Court along Massachusetts Avenue.

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  • MIT President Susan Hockfield and other academic and Institute leaders meet prior to the ceremony.

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  • Soon to be graduates have their picture taken in front of MIT's Building 7.

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  • Family, friends and more await their graduates in Killian Court.

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  • MIT Alumni Association President Kenneth Wang, president of U.S. Summit Company, leads the Institute delegation into the Commencement ceremony.

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  • Beginning at their 50th reunion, MIT alumni don a "Red Coat" and those celebrating this milestone are honored each year at commencement. Here, a member of the Class of 1960 watches the Commencement proceedings.

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  • Commencement speaker Raymond S. Stata ’57 listens during the ceremony.

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  • MIT President Susan Hockfield presents a diploma to one of the graduates.

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  • Two graduates walk off stage after receiving their diplomas.

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  • The procession makes its way through the graduate seating area toward the main stage in Killian Court.

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  • Diplomas sit ready to be given out to the Class of 2010.

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Slideshow: MIT’s 144th Commencement exercises

Participants enjoyed warm, sunny weather — and words of wisdom.


Warm, sunny weather greeted members of the Class of 2010, family, friends and other guests who participated in MIT's 144th Commencement exercises, held on Friday, June 4 in Killian Court.

In his Commencement address, Raymond S. Stata ’57 told students that as MIT graduates, they were “the best the world has to offer” — and he challenged them to build a better world.

“My charge to you this morning is don’t play it safe — because the risk of inaction is too great,” Stata, chairman and cofounder of Analog Devices Inc., told the more than 2,350 newly minted MIT degree holders in the audience. “Dare to be part of the solution.”


Topics: Alumni/ae, Commencement, Students

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