MIT’s first online Commencement ceremony provided both unique and familiar experiences for graduates of the Class of 2020. Graduates heard from an array of speakers, experienced beautiful music, and flipped their Brass Rats.
But this year more than ever, the celebration that ensued on social media through #MIT2020 provided a glimpse of how our graduates experienced this unique culmination of study at MIT. While students, faculty, staff, families, and friends who tuned in were physically distant on May 29, this year’s Commencement provided the community with a series of moments that will be remembered forever.
Graduates celebrated with their families.
— Mate0 (@ColombianMateo) May 29, 2020
— priscilla gonzalez (@priscillaagonza) May 29, 2020
While graduates did not “walk,” they commemorated the receipt of their diplomas.
— zidane (@young__ka) May 29, 2020
The creativity did not stop because the ceremony was online.
— Yunyi Zhu (@YunyiZhu3) May 29, 2020
Grads dressed up, because they earned that regalia.
There was cake.
Congratulations @raja.rajcic! We are so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished! We can’t wait to see where you go next! You have a bright future ahead of you. Love you so much! Uncle Walt and Uncle John definitely win most creative sign! #MIT2020 #MITgrad #onlinecommencement #proudfamily #newstrangeworld #gosavetheworld
And grads brought a strong balloon game.
At least one family celebrated not one but two graduates.
Most parents attend their children’s college graduation as spectators, but Dr. Michael Solomon attended his son Samuel Solomon’s commencement as both a parent and a graduating student himself. During yesterday's MIT commencement, Dr. Michael Solomon graduated from the MIT Executive MBA Program, while Samuel graduated from MIT’s Undergraduate Program. “I came to MIT for its unique combination of liberal arts and sciences. It provided an opportunity to explore all of the disciplines of science, which is important to me because my long-term goal is to pursue a career in aerospace and space medicine,” Samuel said. Seeing his son flourish at MIT, Michael decided to pursue his MBA in the MIT EMBA Program. “I had visited a lot of colleges for my three children and MIT stood out to me as a special place. It is an amazing community. Many parents have a desire for their children to attend their alma mater, but we flipped the script when I came to MIT,” he said. @mitpics @mit_emba #MIT2020 #MyMITSloan
Congratulations, Class of 2020!