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How does one attain a Pirate License?


Come to MIT and earn your Pirate Certificate.

All MIT undergraduates must complete eight points of physical education classes to graduate—but students that complete courses in archery, pistol shooting, sailing, and fencing are granted pirate status with a tangible certificate. Blogger Abby H. ’20 is one of the students who has earned official MIT Pirate status.

“The courses are cerebral,’’ said Carrie Sampson Moore, director of physical education. “They’re tactical. They involve strategy. Plus they’re a challenge to complete.’’

So you best be careful whilst sailing the Charles!

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