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Wesley L. Harris, the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, prepared for the ceremony.
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Wesley L. Harris, the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, prepared for the ceremony.
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Photo: Dominick Reuter
Faculty representatives from departments across campus were present at the event.
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Faculty representatives from departments across campus were present at the event.
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Photo: Dominick Reuter
A group of advanced degree candidates posed for pictures.
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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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Photo: Dominick Reuter
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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Photo: Dominick Reuter
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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Photo: Dominick Reuter
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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Photo: Dominick Reuter
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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Photo: Dominick Reuter
The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.
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The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.
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Photo: Dominick Reuter
The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.
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The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.
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Photo: Dominick Reuter
The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.
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The ceremony took place in Rockwell Cage.
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Photo: Dominick Reuter
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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Photo: Dominick Reuter
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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Photo: Dominick Reuter
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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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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MIT Chancellor Eric Grimson took part in the ceremony.
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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.

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