MIT Commencement Ceremonies features OneMIT Ceremony for Class of 2024

Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87, CEO of Flagship Ventures and co-founder of Moderna, to give commencement remarks

Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2024 will take place on a three-day span from Wednesday, May 29, through Friday, May 31. Similar to proceedings at the 2023 commencement, all graduates are invited to attend a 90-minute OneMIT ceremony on Killian Court at 3 p.m. on Thursday May 30. 

Diplomas will not be conferred at the OneMIT ceremony. The Class of 2024 undergraduates will receive their diplomas at Killian Court on Friday, May 31 in a ceremony from 10 am to 12 pm. Ceremonies for Master’s and Doctorate degrees are spread out across all three days of Commencement. 

3,666 total undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees over three days of Commencement festivities. According to Christopher Di Guardia, an analyst for the Registrar’s Office, the Class of 2024 Commencement ceremony will celebrate 1,099 undergraduate and 2,604 graduate students receiving their diplomas. 1386 undergraduate degrees and 2715 graduate degrees will be awarded in total.

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 Mark P. Gorenberg ’76 will preside over the ceremony. 

Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87, Chief Executive Officer of Flagship Pioneering, will deliver the commencement address for the Class of 2024. Afeyan is best known for co-founding the biotechnology company Moderna and is a member of the MIT Corporation. Past commencement speakers include popular Youtuber Mark Rober (2023) and director-general of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala MCP ’78 PhD ’81 (2022).

President Sally Kornbluth will lead the traditional charge to the graduates in her second Commencement since assuming the presidency in January of 2023. The Brass Rat will be turned. Penny Brant ’24, Class of 2024 President, and Mikala Molina, President of the Graduate Student Council, will also deliver remarks.