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Engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober sent MIT graduates out into the world with an inspiring message—and a flying mortarboard.

August 22, 2023
Mark Rober at the commencement podium with one hand outstretch toward a drone hovering in the air just in front of him
Gretchen Ertl

To conclude his 2023 commencement address, Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer known for his YouTube science videos, sent his mortarboard soaring over Killian Court and up to the Great Dome with the help of a drone. His remarks and grand finale drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

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