MIT SHASS Advanced Degree Ceremony | 01 June 2023

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, June 1, 2023.  Guests—up to 4 per graduate—will be welcomed at these celebrations and hoods will be presented to doctoral candidates.

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Advanced Degree Ceremony
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023
Location: Media Lab, 6th Floor E14-674 Multi Purpose Room
Time: 11:00 am-12:00pm 

Graduates and Faculty: report to the Media Lab by 10:00am.
Graduates and Faculty: 10:15am, line up at the Media Lab, 6th Floor
All names will be announced and hoods will be presented to Doctoral candidates at this ceremony.

Guests: 10:30am, four (4) tickets per graduate
A ticket is required for all those ages three (3) and older. 

Guest tickets are provided to candidates who are on the degree list and participating in Commencement. You will receive an email in the second half of May with instructions for downloading digital guest tickets. The tickets themselves will be available at the end of May—they are not released on completion of regalia orders.  

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 12:00pm-1:00pm.


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2023 Student Speaker | Advanced Degree Ceremony


Meicen Sun; photo by Maisie O'Brien

Meicen Sun a postdoctoral scholar with the Program on Democracy and the Internet at Stanford University. Starting fall 2023, she will be an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences. Her research examines the political economy of information and the effect of information policy on the future of innovation and state power. Her writings have appeared in academic and policy outlets including Foreign Policy AnalysisHarvard Business ReviewWorld Economic Forum, the Asian Development Bank Institute, and The Diplomat among others. She had previously conducted research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and at the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa. Bilingual in English and Chinese, she has also written stories, plays, and music and staged many of her works -- in both languages -- in China, Singapore and the U.S. Sun served as a Fellow on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on China and is a Research Affiliate with the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. She holds an A.B. with Honors from Princeton University, an A.M. with a Certificate in Law from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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