• Wesley L. Harris, the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, prepared for the ceremony.

    Wesley L. Harris, the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, prepared for the ceremony.

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  • Faculty representatives from departments across campus were present at the event.

    Faculty representatives from departments across campus were present at the event.

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  • A group of advanced degree candidates posed for pictures.

    A group of advanced degree candidates posed for pictures.

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  • The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

    The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

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  • The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

    The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

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  • The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

    The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

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  • The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

    The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

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  • The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

    The doctoral hooding ceremony is traditionally held a day before Commencement.

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  • The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.

    The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.

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  • The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.

    The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.

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  • The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.

    The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.

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  • Audience members captured the moment on their smartphones, digital cameras and tablets.

    Audience members captured the moment on their smartphones, digital cameras and tablets.

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  • Audience members captured the moment on their smartphones, digital cameras and tablets.

    Audience members captured the moment on their smartphones, digital cameras and tablets.

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  • In the academic year 2012-2013, 587 doctoral degrees were awarded.

    In the academic year 2012-2013, 587 doctoral degrees were awarded.

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  • In the academic year 2012-2013, 587 doctoral degrees were awarded.

    In the academic year 2012-2013, 587 doctoral degrees were awarded.

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  • MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson took part in the ceremony.

    MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson took part in the ceremony.

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Slideshow: Doctoral hooding ceremony

In the academic year 2012-2013, 587 doctoral degrees were awarded.


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

This year's ceremony for the newly minted PhDs and ScDs took place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, June 6, in Rockwell Cage, where Chancellor Eric Grimson greeted the new graduates.

Faculty representatives from departments across campus assisted in awarding students their hoods.


Topics: Chancellor, Commencement, Graduate, postdoctoral, History of MIT, Special events and guest speakers, Students

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