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God is not at your graduation

An “inclusive, secular invocation” will replace the traditional commencement prayer this year, according to an email from the Commencement Committee that was forwarded to MIT undergraduates by the UA president on Friday, May 9.

The email says the committee based its decision on a survey of students that “yielded nearly 600 results.”

The announcement comes after an April 18 opinion piece in The Tech criticized the prayer as exclusionary, noting that the 2013 prayer had invoked the “God of Abraham, Jesus, and Mohammed.”—William Navarre