August 24, 2020

To MIT’s undergraduates and first-year parents,

Every year around this time, we ready the lawn by the student center for the president’s convocation for first-year undergraduate students and their families. A celebration of new beginnings and limitless possibilities, the ceremony opens MIT’s doors to the newest members of our community, welcoming them as they settle into their new home. It is one of my favorite events each fall.

Of course, this is no ordinary time. Campus remains quiet, and all of us are preparing for the start of the most unusual academic year MIT has ever known. Accordingly, we are taking a new approach to convocation.

Next Monday, August 31, we invite all of you – the entire undergraduate community and first-year parents – to join us online for a webcast welcome convocation for undergraduates.

President’s welcome convocation for undergraduates
Monday, August 31
to 11:45 a.m. EDT
Captioned webcast, with American Sign Language interpretation

The program will include brief remarks from MIT officers, a chat with three faculty members (who also happen to be MIT alumni), and a greeting from Undergraduate Association President Danielle Geathers. You may invite family and friends to watch, either live or recorded. No registration is required.

As we embark on the fall semester, we look forward to welcoming you – or welcoming you back – to MIT. Whether on campus or off, in person or online, we are One MIT. That has never been more important than it is right now.


L. Rafael Reif