• Members of the MIT faculty (foreground) and graduates' friends and families (background) turned out in large numbers for the hooding ceremony.

    Members of the MIT faculty (foreground) and graduates' friends and families (background) turned out in large numbers for the hooding ceremony.

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  • Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart was on hand to salute the advanced degree candidates.

    Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart was on hand to salute the advanced degree candidates.

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  • This year's doctoral hooding ceremony was held in the Johnson Athletics Center.

    This year's doctoral hooding ceremony was held in the Johnson Athletics Center.

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  • Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart (left) watches as Mitchel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab prepares to hood a degree candidate.

    Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart (left) watches as Mitchel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab prepares to hood a degree candidate.

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  • Three-month-old Colin Fucetola is held by Dottie Fucetola, who made her grandson's regalia. The two were guests of Colin's father, Corey Fucetola, a PhD candidate in electrical engineering.

    Three-month-old Colin Fucetola is held by Dottie Fucetola, who made her grandson's regalia. The two were guests of Colin's father, Corey Fucetola, a PhD candidate in electrical engineering.

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  • This academic year, MIT has awarded 594 doctoral degrees, including those conferred earlier in the year, in September and February.

    This academic year, MIT has awarded 594 doctoral degrees, including those conferred earlier in the year, in September and February.

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  • Today's weather required umbrellas and ponchos to protect academic regalia.

    Today's weather required umbrellas and ponchos to protect academic regalia.

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  • Members of the MIT faculty (right) rose to salute the Institute's newest recipients of advanced academic degrees.

    Members of the MIT faculty (right) rose to salute the Institute's newest recipients of advanced academic degrees.

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  • Hundreds of degree candidates and their friends and families attended today's doctoral hooding ceremony in the Johnson Athletics Center.

    Hundreds of degree candidates and their friends and families attended today's doctoral hooding ceremony in the Johnson Athletics Center.

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  • Photo: Dominick Reuter

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  • This academic year, MIT has awarded 594 doctoral degrees, including those conferred earlier in the year, in September and February.

    This academic year, MIT has awarded 594 doctoral degrees, including those conferred earlier in the year, in September and February.

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Slideshow: 2014 doctoral hooding ceremony

Advanced degree candidates receive their doctoral hoods in advance of Commencement.


At MIT, advanced degree candidates receive their doctoral hoods in a separate ceremony held the day before Commencement. This academic year, MIT has awarded 594 doctoral degrees, including those conferred earlier in the year, in September and February.

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 5, in the Johnson Athletics Center, where Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart greeted the new graduates.

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


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

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