MIT Offers Certificates in Piracy

By Ben • Uncategorized • 6 Mar 2012

It’s been an unofficial, underground practice among students at MIT for at least 20 years: Any student who completes courses in pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing is considered a pirate.

As of this school year, the physical education department is formally conferring pirate status on students, printing certificates on faux parchment with diploma-esque calligraphy. Each paper, authorized by the “swashbucklin’” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, certifies that the named “salty dog” is entitled to a Pirate Certificate “with all its privileges and obligations thereof.”


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