Graduates of all master’s and doctoral programs through the MIT School of Science were recognized during an in-person, school-specific ceremony that took place on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are below and additional information can be found on the MIT Commencement website.

On-site ASL interpretation provided by the following: Janice Cagan Teuber, Kylie Kirkpatrick, and Teresa Dominick.

Advanced degree ceremony

Honoring graduates of master’s and doctoral programs in the MIT School of Science

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Location: Kresge Auditorium, Lord Swraj Paul PC ’52 and Angad Paul ’92 Theater
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

  • Graduates, 10:00am, line up at Kresge Oval
  • Guests, 10:00am doors open, four (4) tickets per graduate.
    • A ticket is required for all those ages three (3) and older. Babies and children ages two (2) and under do not need tickets.

Following the ceremony, a reception for all School of Science graduates and their guests will take place at the nearby Johnson Athletics Center Ice Rink.

For a PDF of the full program, please click here.


Dean Nergis Mavalvala
Curtis (1963) and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics

Commencement address

Nancy Hopkins
Amgen Inc. Professor of Biology Emerita, Department of Biology, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

In her research at MIT, Nancy Hopkins used genetics to understand how RNA tumor viruses cause cancer in mice. Later, she pioneered zebrafish as a disease model. Using a new method for mutagenesis, her lab identified many of the genes that are essential for early fish development and genes that predispose zebrafish to cancer. In her work in gender equity at MIT, Hopkins chaired the committee that wrote the “1999 Report on the Status of Women Faculty in the School of Science.”

Hopkins is an alumna of Radcliffe College, earned a PhD from the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Harvard University in 1971, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She joined MIT in 1973 as an assistant professor at the MIT Center for Cancer Research. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Conferring of degrees

Please visit for a list of degree recipients.

Department of Biology

Master’s recipients
Doctoral recipients
Investiture by Amy Keating, Jay A. Stein Professor of Biology

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Master’s recipients
Doctoral recipients
Investiture by Rebecca Saxe, Associate Dean, John W. Jarve (1978) Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Master’s recipients
Doctoral recipients
Investiture by Troy Van Voorhis, Department Head and Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Master’s recipients
Doctoral recipients
Investiture by Rob van der Hilst, Department Head and Schlumberger Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Department of Mathematics

Master’s recipients
Doctoral recipients
Investiture by Wei Zhang, Professor of Mathematics

Department of Physics

Master’s recipients
Doctoral recipients
Investiture by Peter Fisher, Department Head and Thomas A. Frank (1977) Professor of Physics

MIT–Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Master’s recipients
Doctoral recipients
Investiture by Edward A. Boyle, Professor of Ocean Geochemistry, Director of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program

Frequently asked questions

Where do I pick up my diploma?

For more information about diplomas, please visit:

Advanced degree recipients may pick up their diplomas: Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 32-124 and 32-144

How do I order graduation photos?

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 on 5/25, you may pre-order graduation pictures to take advantage of a promo code for 20% off for the MIT School of Science.

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

Where is my program and/or departmental reception?

Following the main school reception, graduates were invited by their home departments for program-specific receptions and celebrations. Please contact the individual program director or department for more information about the time and location for these events.