Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, on March 20, 2020, the University announced it would be necessary to postpone the in-person May 28 commencement exercises

View Harvard’s virtual graduation ceremony for the class of 2020.

President Bacow’s message regarding Harvard’s 369th Commencement Exercises

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 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.

Additional information will be shared here as we approach our celebrations in person but if you have questions regarding information that is not covered, please contact the Commencement Office at 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

On Thursday, May 28, we celebrated the spirit of community and came together virtually to honor the graduation of the Class of 2020 and to confer their hard-earned degrees. Learn more by visiting our events schedule page.

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