“As you strive to hack the world, please try to heal the world, too,” Reif told graduates.
MIT to honor pandemic online graduates with on-campus event.
Director-General of the World Trade Organization and MIT alumna will address the Class of 2022 on May 27.
Lagacé, an expert on composite materials and structures, was passionate about MIT and the Boston Red Sox.
MIT’s second-ever online Commencement celebrated the 3,298 graduates receiving diplomas, with tributes from Cambridge to Antarctica.
“It’s OK not to know,” Bhatia told graduates. “Just keep going. Trust yourself to figure it out and don’t let the uncertainty weigh you down.”
“Through immense effort, self-discipline, creativity and compassion, you found a way to rise to the demands of this historic challenge… together,” Reif told graduates.
Public interest lawyer and social justice activist will address the Class of 2021 on June 4.
Though the MIT community was spread around the world due to Covid-19, graduates and their families celebrated magic moments through social posts.
The online ceremony featured virtual reality, crowdsourced music, a surprise visit from space, and more.
"Pick your issue [to address], and go for it with all your heart, all your mind, and all your knowledge," Duflo told graduates.
"Find your calling! Solve the unsolvable! Invent the future! Take the high road," Reif urged graduates. "And you will continue to make your family, including your MIT family, proud."