MIT’s first online Commencement, as seen through social media

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MIT’s first online Commencement ceremony provided both unique and familiar experiences for graduates of the Class of 2020. Graduates heard from an array of speakers, experienced beautiful music, and flipped their Brass Rats.

But this year more than ever, the celebration that ensued on social media through #MIT2020 provided a glimpse of how our graduates experienced this unique culmination of study at MIT. While students, faculty, staff, families, and friends who tuned in were physically distant on May 29, this year’s Commencement provided the community with a series of moments that will be remembered forever.

Graduates celebrated with their families.

Graduation with the fam #mit2020 pic.twitter.com/MWy5r57sdR
— Mate0 (@ColombianMateo) May 29, 2020

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY SMART AND AMAZING BROTHER‼️‼️‼️ i love you and i’m so proud!! @MIT #mit #MIT2020 pic.twitter.com/7mO1yR4mAv
— priscilla gonzalez (@priscillaagonza) May 29, 2020

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Ryan Shubert, MIT Class of 2020 While it may not look the way we had expected, we are here and we are unbelievably proud. #mit2020 #mitcommencement #mitpics #graduation #proudparents #inthistogether #family #somuchlove

A post shared by Sarah Dion (@sarahsmile6377) on May 29, 2020 at 8:34am PDT

While graduates did not “walk,” they commemorated the receipt of their diplomas.

annnnnd 4 1/2 years later I’m blessed to be the second black man to graduate from MIT with a degree in Design 🙂
#MIT2020 #BlackExcellence pic.twitter.com/7eSHftAHb2
— zidane (@young__ka) May 29, 2020

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MIT 2020 GRAD Lorenrose, words can never express how proud I am of the amazing woman you have grown to be!! #mygirl #allmyloving #mit2020 #mygirl #mit2020 #mit2020graduationday

A post shared by Jo Maggiore (@jo_maggiore) on May 29, 2020 at 3:38pm PDT

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Congratulations to our #MIT2020 graduate @wadevaughn! Featuring the diploma of grandfather Robert Eli Vaughn (M.S. ‘52)

A post shared by Glenn (@gvaughn2) on May 29, 2020 at 10:00am PDT

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Thank you MIT for making me a better person! #mit2020

A post shared by Naiviv Chen (@milky_the_wishful) on May 29, 2020 at 9:55am PDT

The creativity did not stop because the ceremony was online.

We took some graduation pics in animal crossing!#MIT2020 #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons pic.twitter.com/55GoiCco5B
— Yunyi Zhu (@YunyiZhu3) May 29, 2020

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Congrats Katie, our engineer! Tim turns the 2020 tassle! #mit2020

A post shared by Dana Bacher (@danabacher) on May 29, 2020 at 11:23am PDT

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Today my sister had her commencement ceremony and we were all able to watch it together. I’m so proud of you on graduating from college mashaAllah! You’re going to do great things in the future love you lots Marwa #congratsgrad #graduation #graduation2020 #mit #mit2020

A post shared by Rumaisa (@rumidraws) on May 29, 2020 at 5:31pm PDT

Grads dressed up, because they earned that regalia.

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Class of 2020, class of COVID-19 #commencement2020 #mit2020 #phd @mitpics

A post shared by Xiangyu Zhang (@z_xiangyu) on May 29, 2020 at 12:06pm PDT

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Congratulations, MIT class of 2020! P.S. Joined the @loadedboards family with a Bhangra V2 and took it for its first skate at MIT. The tradition lives on. #phd #commencement #graduation #hooded #MITstudents @mitdusp @mitsap @mitpkg @mit_cmsw #longboard #womenwhoskate

A post shared by Dr. Lily Bui (@aloha.amor.lily) on May 28, 2020 at 4:18am PDT

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Graduated virtually but I still had my family by my side and cake maybe even better than the institvte could have done. Missing my friends especially but it’s ok because we won’t be weak-kneed and we will sacrifice !#mit2020

A post shared by Melanie Chen (@themelchen) on May 29, 2020 at 12:56pm PDT

There was cake.

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Congratulations @raja.rajcic! We are so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished! We can’t wait to see where you go next! You have a bright future ahead of you. Love you so much! Uncle Walt and Uncle John definitely win most creative sign! #MIT2020 #MITgrad #onlinecommencement #proudfamily #newstrangeworld #gosavetheworld

A post shared by Heather Rajčić (@heatherrajcic) on May 29, 2020 at 1:17pm PDT

And grads brought a strong balloon game.

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So very proud of our graduate #1520 #emba #MIT2020 @MITPics

A post shared by Amber Colatosti (@ambernichole.xo) on May 29, 2020 at 9:21am PDT

At least one family celebrated not one but two graduates.

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Most parents attend their children’s college graduation as spectators, but Dr. Michael Solomon attended his son Samuel Solomon’s commencement as both a parent and a graduating student himself. During yesterday’s MIT commencement, Dr. Michael Solomon graduated from the MIT Executive MBA Program, while Samuel graduated from MIT’s Undergraduate Program. “I came to MIT for its unique combination of liberal arts and sciences. It provided an opportunity to explore all of the disciplines of science, which is important to me because my long-term goal is to pursue a career in aerospace and space medicine,” Samuel said. Seeing his son flourish at MIT, Michael decided to pursue his MBA in the MIT EMBA Program. “I had visited a lot of colleges for my three children and MIT stood out to me as a special place. It is an amazing community. Many parents have a desire for their children to attend their alma mater, but we flipped the script when I came to MIT,” he said. @mitpics @mit_emba #MIT2020 #MyMITSloan

A post shared by MIT Sloan School of Management (@mitsloan) on May 30, 2020 at 5:45am PDT

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

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