• Tassels await their recipients prior to the ceremony.

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  • Chancellor Eric Grimson, right, and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning Adèle Naudé Santos walk across 77 Massachusetts Avenue toward the hooding ceremony.

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  • MIT President Susan Hockfield before the ceremony.

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  • One of the students who earned a doctorate receives his hood.

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  • Thomas A. Kochan, chair of the MIT faculty, leads faculty members down a ramp at the ceremony.

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  • Chair of the MIT faculty Thomas A. Kochan, left, MIT President Susan Hockfield and Chancellor Eric Grimson talk at the ceremony.

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  • Chancellor Eric Grimson places a hood on one of the doctoral degree recipients.

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Slideshow: Doctoral hooding ceremony

New PhD, ScD recipients honored at annual ceremony.


At MIT, advanced degree candidates receive their doctoral hoods in a separate ceremony held the day before Commencement.

This year's ceremony the newly minted PhDs and ScDs took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, June 2, in Rockwell Cage, where Chancellor Eric Grimson greeted the new members of "the academy."

"You embark on your career today: As doctors of philosophy and doctors of science, you are full-fledged, lifetime members of the academy, that select group of men and women who have earned the highest academic degrees," Grimson said in his remarks.

The ceremony also included remarks from MIT President Susan Hockfield, and faculty representatives from departments across campus assisted in awarding students their hoods.


Topics: Alumni/ae, Commencement, Graduate, postdoctoral, MIT Administration, MIT presidency, Special events and guest speakers, Students

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