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    Commencement 2017

    Thursday May 25, 2017


Welcome to the official webpage of Harvard University's Commencement Office. Here you will find logistical information, helpful tips, and background material regarding one of our community's most cherished traditions. This resource includes details regarding: Commencement week schedule of activities, information about tickets, events calendar, maps, news related items, resources for guests with disabilities, links to Senior Week activities and the graduate and professional schools. As we we approach the 366th Harvard University Commencement exercises, additional information will be shared here however, if you have questions regarding information that is not covered, please contact the Commencement Office directly at 5-5726. Thank you.  

- Stephan Magro, Commencement Director 


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Commencement for 2017 will be held on Thursday, May 25th, 2017. Gates will open on Commencement Morning at 6:45 AM. A ticket is required to gain entry into Tercentenary Theatre, the site of the Commencement Morning Exercises.

All persons, bags, and personal items are subject to inspection before entering Harvard Yard. No backpacks of any type will be admitted. No bag or item larger than 12 x 12”x 12” will be permitted inside the Yard.

Special Health Notice

We are excited to welcome you to campus for the 366th Harvard Commencement. As you may know, there has been an outbreak of mumps in many parts of the United States, and we have had a number of confirmed cases of mumps in the Harvard community.

Harvard University Health Services has been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Cambridge Public Health Department to track and monitor the situation. We plan to go forward with all Commencement activities and hope you will be able to join us. Those with questions or concerns about their risk of exposure are advised to consult their primary health care provider. More information can be found on the Harvard University Health Services website.

Extreme Weather

In the event of extreme weather, ticketholders for Special Guest seating sections A2/SG, SG-1, and SG-2 ONLY, please proceed to Sanders Theatre in Memorial Hall to view the Morning Exercises.

All other ticket holders are requested to view the ceremony via live web streaming or Comcast Cable (Channel 283) available at most of the undergraduate Houses and at the Graduate and Professional Schools. Limited indoor seating with large-screen viewing will be available in the Science Center. The Morning Exercises can also be viewed via live web-cast on this site.