There has not been a formal announcement regarding Commencement for the Class of 2021.
At this time, for details regarding the Spring 2021 semester plans for each school, please visit: https://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/school-program-information 

Frequently Asked Questions


In the spring, we look forward to recognizing the remarkable Harvard Class of 2021. The Commencement Office website will post any university updates regarding how we, as a community, will safely do that as well as links to the individual schools. We will update the FAQ page for the Class of 2021 once school plans for the spring semester are finalized.

We extend our deepest gratitude to those on and off campus who are placing the health of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni above the desire to gather as we all wish we could at this time -- in and out of Harvard Yard.

While we continue to adjust our planning as guidelines evolve, we are appreciative of your patience.

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

Commencement Office, Harvard University



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 are planning for several reopening stages to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission. 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.
The Office of the President announced that our community would not host Commencement exercises in person on May 28th, 2020. The university hosted an online graduation program on Thursday, May 28th to honor our Harvard Class of 2020. You can watch that program here.
If there are further updates to Commencement and related activities, the University will post updates here. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.



Honoring the Class of 2020

Congratulations to the inimitable Harvard Class of 2020! The university presented an online graduation program on Thursday, May 28th, beginning with a pre-show countdown featuring images of our community and music by the Harvard Band. This led to the official program to honor our Harvard Class of 2020. You are invited to view this by visiting https://www.harvard.edu/honoring-harvard-class-2020 or visiting the media links at the bottom of this page.

In addition to remarks from President Bacow and student speakers, the program features a special address from Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, one of the leading newspaper editors of his era, and a musical performance by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma AB ’76. The complete program for the university graduation can be found here.