Hooding Ceremony

Please join us for the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods on Thursday, June 5, 2014. All are invited; no tickets are required.


The Hooding Ceremony will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Guest admission begins at 10 am - when timing your arrival, please be sure to allow enough time for your party to go through the security process at the door. Complete information regarding the entrance location, accessibility, security, and timing will be available in the spring of 2014. Many of the security arrangements are not finalized until close to the date, at which point, the most current information will be posted in these pages and shared with degree candidates.


The Johnson Athletics Center, MIT Building W34

Tickets and seating

Tickets are not required for the Hooding Ceremony and seating is unassigned.


For guests attending the Hooding Ceremony on Thursday, June 5, limited campus parking will be available at locations that will be announced in May 2014. Paid parking is available in the University Park Garage at 55 Franklin Street.


Complimentary bottled water is available during the ceremony, but there is no food in the building. The Johnson Athletics Center is adjacent to the Stratton Student Center, which offers several dining options. It's wise to bring snacks for small children.

Guests with disabilities

Please contact Student Disabilities Services in advance so that we know that you are attending the Hooding Ceremony. Details regarding the entrance location and drop-off areas will be available in May 2014.

Staff with wheelchairs will be on hand to assist you and your party. Assistance will be offered after the ceremony, as well. Please call us at 617-253-1674, TTY 617-253-3194, or email uaap-sds@mit.edu.

The restrooms in the Johnson Athletics Center are wheelchair-accessible.

Assistive listening devices are available in the lobby.

Photographs from Hooding

There is no designated area from which guests may take photographs or videotape during the Hooding Ceremony. Guests are requested to keep in mind the experience of all the families present and to remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony so as not to block the view of others. There is no standing on seats or blocking of aisles permitted at any time.

Professional photographers (Commencement Photos, Inc.) will take pictures of each recipient of a Doctoral degree hood at the time of presentation at the Hooding Ceremony. Details are available online and information will be mailed directly to advanced degree candidates from Commencement Photos, Inc. in early May. If you have questions about the photography, please contact the company by phone (978-851-5924).

We are not indifferent to the need to have photos available right away...this is a big day in the lives of degree candidates and families. Certainly, you will want to have something to email to friends and relatives. Guests should please note that you will be able to pose with your family in front of the stage after the ceremony and with faculty at the reception.

Ordering a DVD

DVDs of the Hooding Ceremony will be available for purchase from Academic Media Production Services (AMPS). Please contact Joanne Flood at 617-253-7603 or email mitvideo@mit.edu.


We are always delighted to see children at the Hooding Ceremony. To make sure that everyone enjoys the day, please keep these things in mind:

  • The ceremony is 1.5 - 2 hours long (depending on the number of hood recipients). Children may become bored or hungry. Feel free to bring quiet toys and snacks for them.
  • Children are not permitted to join the Procession or a parent on stage when s/he receives a hood. We acknowledge the concessions made by family members in the years preceding this day, but we must consider the experience of all degree candidates and restrict children to the guest seating section.

Thank you.

After the ceremony

Graduates, family, and friends are invited to a reception on Kresge Oval immediately after the Hooding Ceremony. Dessert and light refreshments will be served.

Some individual departments hold their own receptions, so families and friends should check with graduates to determine which of these receptions you will attend. Department reception information will be available at the end of May 2014.



Hooding ceremony

Hooding ceremony

Hooding ceremony

Hooding ceremony

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