MIT Commencement Ceremonies features OneMIT Ceremony for Class of 2023

Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer and popular YouTuber, to give commencement remarks

Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2023 will take place on a three-day span from Wednesday, May 31, through Friday, June 2. Similar to proceedings at the 2022 commencement, all graduates are invited to attend a 90-minute OneMIT ceremony on Killian Court. The Class of 2023 undergraduates will receive their diplomas at Killian Court on Friday, June 1. Ceremonies for Master’s and Doctorate degrees are spread out across all three days of Commencement. 

3,725 total undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees over three days of Commencement festivities. According to Ri Romano, Associate Registrar, the Class of 2023 Commencement ceremony will celebrate 1,146 undergraduate and 2,613 graduate students receiving their diplomas. 

The OneMIT ceremony will begin with words from the Institute Chaplain Thea Keith-Lucas, followed by a rendition of the National Anthem by the MIT Chorallaries. Chair of the MIT Corporation Diane B. Greene SM ’78 will preside over the ceremony.  

Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer and now science educator, will deliver the commencement address for the Class of 2023. Rober is known for his YouTube channel, which has amassed over 24 million subscribers and 3 billion views as of press time. 

Newly inaugurated President Sally Kornbluth will lead the traditional charge to the graduates in her first Commencement since assuming the presidency this January. Anna Sun ’23, Class of 2023 President, and Adam Joseph Miller, President of the Graduate Student Council, will also deliver remarks.

This year’s ceremony has been extended by a day compared to the Commencement for the Class of 2022. In an email to the MIT community on Dec 7, 2022, Provost Cynthia Barnhart PhD ’88, and Chancellor Melissa Nobles, the change was made to accommodate the needs of graduating students and faculty who wished to attend more than one ceremony.