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Schedule and other information for Commencement given

See the Commencement web site for complete and updated information on all aspects of Commencement.


The West Parking Garage annex lot on Vassar Street will be open on Thursday, June 1 for guests attending the hooding ceremony. On Commencement day (June 2), parking for families and guests will be in the Pacific lot at Pacific and Albany Streets. Shuttle vans will provide transportation to Killian Court beginning at 7:30am. Return service will run from Killian Court and Ames Street (between the tennis courts and East Campus) until 4pm.


The Commencement exercises will be broadcast on MIT Cable TV as well as on the web -- there will be a link from the MIT home page. There will be closed-circuit TV viewing sites in Kresge Auditorium, Kresge Little Theater, Rockwell Cage, Lobdell Cafeteria, the Student Center lobby, Lobby 7, Lobby 10, the lobby of Building E52, and Rooms 10-250, 34-101, 26-100, 6-120, 2-131, 2-132, 2-135, 2-136, 2-139, 2-143, 2-146, 2-147, 2-151, E25-111, E51-145, E51-149, E51-345, 4-145, 4-149, 4-153, 4-159, 4-163, 4-231, 4-237, 4-370, 54-100 and 56-114. Tickets are not required for these rooms. Access to Killian Court will be by ticket or staff badge only.


Campus publications, apart from the Commencement program, will not be available in Killian Court. Publications will be available at their usual distribution points in the corridors.


Flowers used to decorate the Commencement stage will be sold to the community as in years past. The sale will begin Friday at 3:30pm in Killian Court. New Guinea impatiens, scaveola, Marguerite daisies, geraniums and scabiosa will be available at bargain prices. These flowers are donated by the Commencement Committee and proceeds of the sale benefit the MIT Community Service Fund. Volunteers to help with the sale are needed. To sign up, call x3-1989.



1pm -- Chancellor Lawrence S. Bacow and Dean for Graduate Students Isaac M. Colbert preside at a special hooding ceremony for 400 PhD recipients at the Johnson Athletic Center.


8:15am -- Graduates report to the robing/assembly area in the Johnson Athletic Center while guests are admitted to Killian Court.

9:40am -- Procession leaves Kresge Oval.

9:58am -- Academic procession arrives at Killian Court.

10am -- Chief Marshall Brian G.R. Hughes, president of the MIT Association of Alumni and Alumnae, leads the stage principals, members of the MIT Corporation, the faculty and the Class of 1950 into Killian Court.

10:10am -- Graduates enter Killian Court.

10:42am -- Rev. Jane Gould, MIT's Episcopal chaplain, offers the invocation.

10:45am -- Phillip Lima of the Benefits Office sings the National Anthem.

10:47am -- Alex d'Arbeloff, chair of the MIT Corporation, welcomes guests to the platform and introduces principal speaker Carleton "Carly" Fiorina, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Co.

10:48am -- Ms. Fiorina delivers her address.

11:09am -- GSC President Luis Ortiz offers a salute to MIT and Senior Class President Hugo Barra presents the class gift.

11:13 am -- President Vest delivers the charge to the graduates.

11:33am -- 2,413 diplomas are presented to 2,117 undergraduate and graduate students by President Vest and Provost Robert A. Brown.

1:33pm -- Mr. d'Arbeloff announces that the Commencement exercises are concluded, and the MIT Chorallaries sing the MIT song.

1:38pm -- Chief Marshall Hughes leads the academic recession out of Killian Court.


9am -- Technology Day speakers will focus on "The Future of Atoms in an Age of Bits" in Kresge Auditorium. Speakers are Dean William A. Mitchell of the School of Architecture and Planning, and Professors Yossi Sheffi, Rodney A. Brooks and Rosalind W. Picard.

12:30pm -- Technology Day luncheon in the Johnson Athletic Center.

3-5pm -- Panel discussions in locations around campus:
��������� "The New Neighborhood -- Living and Working in Virtual Communities," Rm 6-120. Moderator: Assistant Professor Judith S. Donath (SM 1986), director of the Social Media Group in the Media Laboratory. Panelists: Associate Professor Mitchel Resnick (PhD 1992) and William S. Kazman (SB 1985), president and CEO of Global Telemedix, Inc.
��������� "Clicks and Mortar -- The Future of Physical U," Kresge Little Theater. Moderator: David Warsh, columnist for the Boston Globe. Panelists: Professor Merton C. Flemings (SB 1951), director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance; Professor Richard C. Larson (SB 1965), director of the Center for Advanced Educational Studies; Jonathon A. Winder, senior vice president, education division, Harvard Business School Publishing.
��������� "Emerging Innovations and Entrepreneurship," Rm 10-250. Moderator: John W. Poduska Sr. (SB 1959), chair of Advanced Visual Systems. Panelists: Keith E. Camhi (SM 1991), CEO and co-founder of Fitlinxx; Marina Hatsopoulos (SM 1993), CEO of Z Corp.; Henry N. Holtzman (SB 1986), founder, president and CEO of Presto Technologies, Inc.; and Jonathan D. Albert (SB 1997), principal engineer and co-founder of E-Ink Corp.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 31, 2000.

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