An announcement regarding the format of Harvard's graduation program for the Class of 2021 has just been shared with the Harvard community. You can read President Bacow's message here.

Frequently Asked Questions


In the spring, we look forward to recognizing 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. Details regarding the timing of our university celebration and the programs at each of our Schools and Houses are forthcoming. The Commencement Office will post any updates here. The program for the Class of 2021 will be broadcast here

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.

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



Honoring the Class of 2020

Last May, we celebrated the inimitable Harvard Class of 2020. The university presented an online graduation program on Thursday, May 28, 2020 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 here or by visiting the media links at the bottom of this page.

In addition to remarks from President Bacow and student speakers, the program featured 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.