Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders
Welcome to the official webpage of Harvard University's Commencement Office. Here you will find logistical information, helpful tips, and background material regarding one of our community's most cherished traditions. This resource includes details regarding: Commencement week schedule of activities, information about tickets, events calendar, maps, news related items, resources for guests with disabilities, links to Senior Week activities and the graduate and professional schools. As we we approach the 366th Harvard University Commencement exercises, additional information will be shared here however, if you have questions regarding information that is not covered, please contact the Commencement Office directly at 5-5726. Thank you.
- Stephan Magro, Commencement Director
In Case of Rain
Commencement will be held rain or shine in Tercentenary Theatre. Limited indoor seating with large-screen viewing of the Morning Exercises will be available for ticketed guests at the Science Center, the undergraduate Houses, and most of the Graduate and Professional Schools.
The Morning Exercises will also be web cast live via the Harvard home page: www.harvard.edu
The Morning Exercises may also be viewed via Comcast Cable (channel 283) in Boston/Brookline and Cambridge/Greater Boston.
Extreme weather includes conditions that poses a threat to public safety such as lighting or gail force winds. If extreme weather is expected, an announcement will be posted on this website ticketholders for Special Guest seating sections A2/SG, SG-1, and SG-2 ONLY, please proceed to Sanders Theatre in Memorial Hall to view the Morning Exercises.
All other ticket holders are requested to view the ceremony via live web streaming or Comcast Cable (Channel 283) available at most of the undergraduate Houses and at the Graduate and Professional Schools. Limited indoor seating with large-screen viewing will be available in the Science Center. The Morning Exercises can also be viewed via live web-cast on this site.
For weather-related updates, please visit:
- or call 617-496-NEWS
Gates and Bag Policy
Commencement for 2017 will be held on Thursday, May 25th, 2017. Gates will open on Commencement Morning at 6:45 AM. A ticket is required to gain entry into Tercentenary Theatre, the site of the Commencement Morning Exercises.
All persons, bags, and personal items are subject to inspection before entering Harvard Yard. No backpacks of any type will be admitted. No bag or item larger than 12 x 12”x 12” will be permitted inside the Yard.
Infant and Stroller Policy
Harvard University recommends that very young children not attend the Morning Exercises of Commencement in Harvard Yard. The Morning Exercises will be broadcast in designated viewing areas at most of the Schools and Houses (beginning at 8:45 AM) after which graduates will return to their Schools and Houses to receive their individual diplomas and enjoy lunch which includes invited family and guests. Parents with young children are advised to meet their graduates at those locations.
For the safety of our graduates and guests, strollers will only be allowed in the Old Yard where guests can view the ceremonies via video screen, but not in the adjacent area of Tercentenary Theatre where the ceremonies are held. A general admission ticket is still required for entry into the Old Yard. Young children seated on an adult’s lap do not require a ticket. Older children requiring a seat must present a ticket upon entry into Harvard Yard.