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Within MIT's Physical Education requirement, student can earn a Pirate Certificate. To complete the Pirate Certificate, a student must complete P.E. courses in Archery, Fencing, Pistol, and Sailing.

Jacob '14, one of MIT's first officially certified pirates.

The Pirate Certificate (sometimes also referred to as the "pirate license," "pirate degree," or "pirate award") has long been a part of MIT lore, but has only officially been awarded since 2011, when six students became the first to receive a formal certification.

A Pirate Certificate, as awarded to an MIT student.

In addition to Pirate Certificates, MIT also awards degrees in charm through Charm School.

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