The Harvard Commencement Office looks forward to welcoming our degree candidates from the mighty class of 2022 in celebrating their graduation from all of our degree-granting schools on Thursday, May 26, 2022. 

At this time, and as long as conditions safely allow, our expectation is to host this celebration in person, in Harvard Yard, and following the tradition with all the regalia, pomp, circumstance, processions, festive music and the like that we have come to expect from Harvard. 

Details are developing but we hope to share updates here, on this page, as well as through our partners in student affairs across the schools. 

We extend our deepest gratitude to those on and off campus who have placed the health of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni above the desire to gather in and out of Harvard Yard during the pandemic as we all wish we could. However, we are energized to be moving forward with plans to finally celebrate as a community in person.

If you have specific questions regarding information that is not covered in the individual school pages (found here), please contact the Commencement Office at Thank you.

Commencement Office
Harvard University


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Important Notice Regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Commencement

Harvard University is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures. To stay up to date on Harvard's response to the outbreak, visit the University's COVID-19 website, which will be updated with information as it becomes available.

Please note: All visitors to campus, including parents and guests of graduates, should be aware of the University policies in place at the time of their visit. Harvard University On Campus Activity Guidance provides guidance and safety practices.

Non-Harvard community members, including non-embedded vendors visiting scholars, speakers, families and guests of Harvard students, and alumni should be notified that Harvard has a vaccination and booster requirement. Prior to arriving on campus, non-Harvard community members should check with the local school or unit they are visiting to verify specific vaccination policies that may be in place.

Although face coverings are now optional in most settings, Harvard University community members and visitors are encouraged to have an acceptable face covering on their persons for situations in which they may be required. We also strongly recommend voluntary masking in crowded settings, especially indoors.





 Harvard Commencement for the classes of 2020 and 2021 Sunday, May 29, 2022


A hearty congratulations to the inimitable Harvard classes of 2020 and 2021! The president, provost, deans, faculty, students, staff, alumni, and keynote speakers, came together for very special online graduation events for each class over the last Thursday in May of the last two years, celebrating the achievements of our graduates and conferring their academic degrees. It is our great pleasure, should public health conditions continue to improve, to celebrate these two exceptional classess with an in person ceremony in Harvard Yard on Sunday, May 29, 2022. To learn more about this special commencement, please visit here: 

This past year, also, the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), traditionally held in Tercentenary Theatre following Commencement, was livestreamed this year on Friday, June 4. You can find more information about the program on the HAA website

We hope you will take some time to acknowledge the accomplishments, the resourcefulness, and the resilience of these two remarkable classes.