MIT’s 148th Commencement ceremony took place today under a cloudless blue sky, as a total of 990 undergraduate and 1,717 graduate students received their degrees before a gathering of some 11,000 guests in Killian Court.
Embracing a use of technology popular among today’s graduates, MIT President L. Rafael Reif injected a moment of spontaneous levity into the serious business of Commencement by posing, at the podium, for a “selfie” with senior class president Anika Gupta — with the entire graduating class as a backdrop — before beginning his charge to the graduates.
Gupta had just announced that the graduating class’s gift had set new records both for its participation rate and for the amount of money raised: a total of $21,207.50, donated by 86.5 percent of members of the Class of 2014. Gupta quipped that these records reflect dedicated work by volunteers, as well as “the fact that our class is the best that MIT has ever seen!”
Read on at MIT News.