Fifteen undergraduate Chemistry Majors were awarded their degrees on Friday, June 7, 2019.
On Friday, June 7, 2019, the annual Commencement Exercises were held at Killian Court. 1,086 undergraduate students received their degrees at the ceremony, which was presided over by President L. Rafael Reif and special guest speaker, entrepreneur, engineer, and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. On what turned out to be a gorgeous spring day, fifteen chemistry majors were among those awarded their degrees.
In his Commencement Address to the graduates, their families, and all present at the ceremony, Bloomberg announced a landmark pledge to combat climate change: a $500 million investment in a program called Beyond Carbon.
“All of you are part of an amazing institution that has proven — time and time again —that human knowledge and achievement is limitless. In fact, this is the place that proved moonshots are worth taking,” he said.
Following the ceremony, the newly graduated Chemistry Class of 2019 and their guests were welcomed to a reception in the lobby of Building 18. There, they gathered for an array of calzones, salads, desserts, tea, and lemonade and celebrated their newly-established alumni status.
The Department is immensely proud of the graduates, and all they have accomplished during their time as members of the MIT Department of Chemistry.