Commencement 2016


Welcome to the online information resource of Harvard University's Commencement Office. Here you will find a wealth of logistical information, helpful tips, and background material. Some of the most commonly sought after items include: specific information about Commencement activities, details about tickets, events schedule, maps and locations, news, resources for guests with disabilities, and links to Senior Week activities and the graduate and professional schools.

- Commencement Director Stephan Magro


Live-stream video


Commencement for 2016 will be held on Thursday, May 26th, 2016. 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 365th 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 ticketholders are requested to view the ceremony over 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.