As 52 HASS PhDs graduate, a call to make the world “more just, more fair”
SHASS alum Candis Callison SM ’02, PhD ’10 speaks at hooding ceremony
“I’ve come to think of my time here as one of the best and most formative parts of my journey. It’s neither a beginning nor an end.”
— Candis Callison, CMS SM '02, HASTS PhD '10
Professor and journalist Candis Callison SM ’02 PhD ’10 urged MIT’s doctoral graduates to “make the world a more just, more fair place,” in her keynote speech today at the Institute’s colorful 2018 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods.
“The contributions you can make with your PhD can amplify some kinds of data, collaborations, problems, and solutions over others,” said Callison, a scholar at the University of British Columbia and award-winning journalist. “Should you choose, your work and your research can shift society toward better systems and processes, which make the world a more just, more fair place for all of us to live in.”
The joyous ceremony celebrates new graduates earning doctoral degrees this academic year. It was held in MIT’s Johnson Athletics Center, where a large audience of family members and friends filled the stands.
MIT professors, clad in the visually brilliant, multihued robes of the universities where they received their own doctorates — including MIT — placed doctoral hoods over students from 26 departments, programs, and centers at the Institute, as well as MIT’s joint program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
In all, MIT awarded 645 doctoral degrees in the 2017-2018 academic year.