• 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.

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  • A group of advanced degree candidates posed for pictures.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.

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  • The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.

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  • The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson took part in the ceremony.

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Slideshow: Doctoral hooding ceremony


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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