MIT Hooding Ceremony 2007

MIT President Susan Hockfield welcomed more than 500 new doctorate recipients into "a community of scholars" during a joyful hooding ceremony on June 7, 2007.

The newly minted PhD and ScD graduates represent "not just the future of knowledge, but also the future of the academy," Hockfield said. "These people will be leaders of the academy in years to come."

Hockfield applauded the degree recipients for following the example of poet Robert Frost in choosing the road "less traveled by."

"The paths you have chosen are paths that have wanted wear--things that wanted to be discovered and needed to be discovered," she said. "Thank you for choosing the less worn path, and congratulations for successfully navigating it."

Recognizing the sacrifices made by families of the new doctorates, Hockfield asked the degree recipients to stand and acknowledge all the support their families have given them.

Those families, in turn, acknowledged the years of hard work that their loved ones devoted to their graduate study.


2007 Commencement Videos