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Last Published: April 14, 2016
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The student percussion ensemble Rambax performs at the ceremony.




The MIT Ceremonial Brass performs.




MIT’s 14th president Paul E. Gray ’54 spoke at the ceremony. In fact, the past three presidents prior to Reif were in attendance: Gray, Charles M. Vest, and Susan J. Hockfield.




Simmons Hall is composed of aluminum panel facades.



Kevin Marume (center) and other brothers from PKT dance to a theme about becoming a man. Their choreography included songs such as “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan and “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO. The event, held Sunday evening in Kresge, featured dancing, singing, and comedies performed by fraternities and sororities.



Jon Hindmarsh, guitarist and lead singer for the band Hirvana, performs in the Coffeehouse Lounge on Thursday evening. The band played Nirvana covers.






Martha M. Gross ’12 (second from left) places sixth in the 400-meter dash.



Harvard professor Steven Pinker gives a lecture entitled “The Evolution Psychology of Religion: Do We Have a ‘God Gene’ or a ‘God Module?’” to a packed auditorium. The talk, which was held in 32-123 on Thursday evening, was the first of a six-lecture series sponsored by the Secular Society and The Baker Foundation. Pinker discussed whether the propensity to believe in religion is an adaptation, a product of Darwinian natural selection, or a by-product of adaptations.



Ricardo J. Perez ‘13 slides into home plate in the sixth inning of a baseball game, one of the two runs scored following a bunt by Karl M. Sorensen ‘15. MIT won 7-1 against Babson, increasing MIT’s overall record to 11-2. Nicholas J. Locascio ‘16 pitched for MIT.


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