MIT SHASS Advanced Degree Ceremony

Candis Callison, CMS SM '02, HASTS PhD'10, and family at her Commencement celebration


Graduates of all master’s and doctoral programs through the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (MIT SHASS) will be recognized during an in-person, school-specific ceremony taking place on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Guests—up to 4 per graduate—will be welcomed at these celebrations and hoods will be presented to doctoral candidates.

For more information or questions about the MIT SHASS advanced degree ceremony, please reach out to Natalia Nazarenko-Georgieva /, the School Coordinator for the MIT SHASS 2022 Advanced Degree Ceremony. For all other questions regarding MIT Commencement ceremonies, please visit


Advanced Degree Ceremony
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Location: Media Lab, 6th Floor E14-674 Multi Purpose Room
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 

Graduates and Faculty should report to the Media Lab no later than 12:30pm
Graduates and Faculty, 12:45pm, line up at the Media Lab, 6th Floor
Guests, 1:00pm, four (4) tickets per graduate
A ticket is required for all those ages three (3) and older. 

Following the ceremony, a reception for all MIT SHASS graduates and their guests will take place at the Media Lab, 6th Floor Silverman Skyline/Winter Garden Room E14 SS-648 from 3:00pm-4:00pm.

If you require any accommodation to participate in the ceremony or reception please inform


2022 Student Speaker | Advanced Degree Ceremony

Marc Aidinoff, PhD'22 (HASTS); photo by Maria Iacobo


Dr. Marc Aidinoff, PhD’22 (HASTS)
Chief of Staff, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Bio Note
Marc Aidinoff ’22 is a graduate of MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS), which is based on the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  

He is currently the Chief of Staff of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) under the leadership of Dr. Alondra Nelson. There, he manages a cabinet-level agency with a mission to “maximize the benefits of science and technology to advance health, prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for all Americans.” Aidinoff coordinates efforts across divisions, including OSTP’s work on pandemic preparedness, algorithmic accountability, ending cancer as we know it, and clean indoor air.
At MIT, his dissertation, “A More Updated Union: New Liberals and their New Computers in the New South,” traced the computerization of the welfare state and the rise of new liberal politics. He argued that changes in technical systems enabled and enacted new expectations about what government could and should do. His research has been supported by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, the Charles Babbage Institute, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the William P. Clements Jr. Center, and MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI).

A committed teacher, Aidinoff has been recognized with MIT's Siegel Family Teaching Prize, Harvard’s Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching, and, as a part of Freedom Summer Collegiate, the Manne Family Fellowship at the Rosedale Mississippi Freedom Project.



Photo ordering information for the Class of 2022 will be mailed directly following the ceremonies from GradImages. Graduates will receive an email and a hard copy packet will be sent to the mailing address on file. Until 11:59 pm the day before the ceremony, you may pre-order graduation pictures to take advantage of a promo code for 20% off: visit GradImages online to view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, and specialty gifts.

If have any questions or concerns regarding photos, please contact GradImages Customer Service at (800) 261-2576, online, or email

Pre-registration/20% off link, live until 11:59 the night before.

SHASS Departmental Receptions 

Graduates will be invited by their home departments for program-specific receptions.

Department of Economics 
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm 
Location: Tent at Saxon Lawn
Contact: Julia Martyn-Shah
/ Gary John King 

Department of Political Science 
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
Location: E53
Contact: Susan Twarog 

Department of Linguistic & Philosophy
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Bldg 32-D 8th floor lounge; Stata Center

Contact: Jennifer Purdy 

PhD program in History, Anthropology,
and Science, Technology and Society

Date: Friday, May 27, 2022
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: TBD
Contact: Karen Gardner 

For questions about the MIT SHASS Advanced Degree Department Receptions, Contact the Department Coordinators. 


Graduates FAQ

Guest FAQ

Faculty FAQ


Letter from Chancellor Melissa Nobles

Dear Students,

Despite the fact that Covid-19 continues to require our vigilance and flexibility, I write with a very hopeful message about Commencement as we turn the page on the second consecutive year in which the pandemic prevented MIT from hosting a traditional Commencement ceremony.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • MIT will invite all graduating students and their guests to celebrate Commencement in person on Killian Court.
  • While the time of the OneMIT Commencement Ceremony will be announced soon, the date – Friday, May 27, 2022 – is set.
  • There are important format changes and new traditions for this year’s graduating class (and future classes).

I encourage all students to read on for more information.

Friday, May 27, 2022
New OneMIT Ceremony on Killian Court for all graduates


All Class of 2022 graduates and their guests will be invited to a 90-minute ceremony on Killian Court on the morning of Friday, May 27, featuring many capstone moments:

  • The Academic Procession;
  • President Reif’s Charge to the Graduates and the address by the to-be-announced Institute Commencement speaker; and
  • The turning of the Brass Rat.

After the OneMIT ceremony concludes, graduates and guests will be invited to a luncheon reception; details will follow in the spring. 

Friday, May 27, 2022
Bachelor’s degree ceremony

Following the luncheon reception, all graduating seniors will assemble on Briggs Field for a degree conferral ceremony. This celebration will be marked by the traditional reading of graduates' names, with photos taken as they cross the stage to receive their degrees.

Advanced degree ceremonies

Graduates of all master’s and doctoral programs will be recognized (and have their photos taken) during in-person school and college-specific ceremonies. Guests will be welcomed at these celebrations and hoods will be presented to doctoral candidates. Ceremony times and locations are expected to be released in January; for now, the schedule is as follows:

  • School of Architecture and Planning: Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • School of Engineering and Schwarzman College of Computing: Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences: Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • School of Science: Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • Sloan School of Management: To be determined. The school’s in-person ceremony schedule will be shared directly with its graduates at a later date.

Saturday, May 28, 2022
Celebrating the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021


As promised, we are inviting recent graduates back to campus so that we can recognize their accomplishments with the in-person, on-campus events and revelry that the pandemic postponed in 2020 and 2021.

You can learn more about the planning for all of these ceremonies in the graduate FAQ.

I sincerely hope that Covid-19 does not require adjustments to our Commencement plans, but it’s important to acknowledge that significant shifts in the public health landscape – like the one we wrote to the community about yesterday – could prompt us to pivot from our in-person celebrations. At this moment, we are carefully monitoring the situation and planning (and hoping) for the best in May 2022.

Please join me in setting our sights on a restful Winter Break, and a spring that will see us all gathered together again to give our graduates the wonderful send-off and celebration they deserve.