Ruth Simmons, Ph.D. ’73, president of Prairie View A&M University, president emerita of both Brown University and Smith College, and one of the nation’s foremost leaders in higher education, was the principal speaker at Harvard’s celebration of the Class of 2021 on Thursday, May 27.

We recognized the remarkable Harvard Class of 2021. On February 26th, President Bacow announced that we will celebrate graduation with a virtual program on May 27, 2021. The Commencement Office will post any updates here. The program for the Class of 2021 was broadcast here

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 as we all wish we could at this time -- in and out of Harvard Yard.

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.

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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 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 27th. We will honor the Class of 2021 virtually at that time. When it is safe and sensible to do so, the University is committed to celebrating this year’s degree candidates at an in-person celebration on campus. When 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




A hearty congratulations to the inimitable class of 2021! The president, provost, deans, faculty, students, staff, alumni, and keynote speaker, Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, came together for a very special online graduation event on Thursday, May 27, celebrating the achievements of our graduates and conferring their academic degrees. For information on our University-wide program, as well as details and links to individual School ceremonies, please visit the Honoring the Class of 2021 website. The official program is here

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 this remarkable class.