Commencement 2020

Congratulations to the DMSE graduates! We are proud of all the SB, SM, and doctoral degree recipients — we look forward to celebrating with you in person as soon as that's possible!

恭喜艾尔so to our 2019-2020 DMSE Student Award Winners! You can view a video celebrating our winnershere.

Dear DMSE Class of 2020, Every year I look forward to commencement on Killian Court to celebrate this important milestone, and I'm so sorry it won't happen for you as normal. But most importantly, you've done an amazing job and I hope you're all very proud of your accomplishments. I look forward to hearing from you in the years to come. Congratulations!
Professor Julia Ortony

Congratulations, Class of 2020 DMSE ! Your accomplishments are magnified in my mind because of how well you've thrived during these trying times of the pandemic. Best wishes for your future endeavor! When you come back to visit MIT someday, I will see you in the renovated Hayden Library.
Ye Li
Librarian for Materials Science and Engineering

Congratulations class of 2020 ! It was a true honor to learn from you, listen to all your exciting ideas and thoughts to contribute to science and possibly change the world. I loved every minute of it. I wish you all the very best for your future and am so proud of each one of you. Now go to: and ... do a little dance around a chair, juggle 5 bananas in the air standing on a counter top, and dance until you hit every wall of the room in a polyhexacondodecahedra arrangement and keep moving. Video proofs of celebrations are always welcome. Congrats!
Professor Jennifer Rupp

It is the last-minute good-bye party for you, the class of 2020, and we are in the Chipman Room. As I am listening to Prof. Grossman's inspiring speech while looking at your emotional faces, I am thinking of one word: Eyjafjallajökull...This Icelandic volcano erupted and halted effectively the entire air travel in Europe for six-day in April 2010. Why do I remember it? Because those six days included the date of my Ph.D. defense, which meant that no one from my family could come to the Netherlands to see me defend my five years effort. I remember thinking that I was the unluckiest student ever. Looking back at this event 10 years later though, I see that it inexplicably strengthened my bond with my family and friends (and gave me quite a story to tell). You have an easier word to remember in 10 years (COVID-19) and one that had a much bigger impact than my Eyjafjallajökull. However, seeing how strong and bonded you were in Chipman that day, makes me absolutely sure that you will also find yourself looking back at these strange and depressing days, with inexplicable (but large) smiles on your faces. Until then, stay strong :)
Professor Cem Tasan

Congratulations for this great accomplishments and thanks for keeping up the great spirit of DMSE.
Professor Antoine Allanore

Congratulations to everyone graduating in 2020. We're all so proud of you for persisting through the spring semester. Best of luck in your job, grad school, postdoc or wherever your next steps take you.
Professor Caroline Ross

Congratulations! I am proud of your achievements, and miss you all already. I hope you come back and visit the forge someday, and should you ever forget where it is, just follow the sound of ringing anvils!
James Hunter
Technical Instructor

Congratulations Course 3 2020 graduates! I'm so proud of all your achievements and of your perseverance and support for each other in this last difficult term. And I'm excited about how each of you will make the world a better place in the future.
Professor Lorna Gibson

A hearty congratulations to the Course 3 class of 2020 on their extraordinary accomplishments in this extraordinary period. Since you arrived at MIT, you have held a unique vantage point in a society increasingly faced with climate change, economic inequality, political uncertainty, and now a pandemic. But history has shown that great minds often flourish in challenging times, rising above the exigencies of the moment to achieve incredible things –– and in the process remake the world for the better. May you all step up to that challenge. Congratulations again and best of luck in your future endeavors!
Max Price

You've come so far since 3.012 - you should be proud of all you've learned! I hope that your new degrees bring with them all the opportunity and success that you hoped for when you embarked on your Course 3 journey. Heartfelt congratulations!
Thomas J. Hardin, Ph.D. '18
President Harry S. Truman Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories

Congratulations! A fantastic bright and fun group! Looking forward to all the marvelous things you’ll be up to!
Rebecca Gallivan '17
3.091 TA

Congrats DMSE Class of 2020! It was a pleasure to have the chance to TA such a great group of students. Looking forward to seeing all of the great things you will accomplish!
Edward Pang
Ph.D. Candidate, DMSE

Congratulations Class of 2020! It was such a pleasure getting to know most of you in 3.034 and I wish you all the best of luck as you embark on your next adventures. You're all hard working, smart, and kind people, and I can't wait to see what great things you accomplish!
Shayna Hilburg
Ph.D. Candidate, DMSE

Dear Class of 2020,
Congratulations!! It's been so fun to get to know you and to work with you. Over the your time at MIT, you have demonstrated leadership, passion, and tenacity that will serve you well in your future endeavors. Good luck!
Maddie Sutula '19