Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

  • Theatre

    Thursday May 30, 2019

  • Grad Students

    Thursday May 30, 2019

  • Band

    Thursday May 30, 2019

  • Student Procession

    Thursday May 30, 2019

  • Theatre

    Thursday May 30, 2019

  • Drew Faust

    Thursday May 30, 2019

  • Commencement 2016

    Thursday May 30, 2019



We welcome you to the official website of Harvard University's Commencement Office. Here you will find schedule and logistical information, links to ordering regalia, accessibility related content, links to Commencement sites at the professional and graduate schools, and background regarding one of our community's most cherished and oldest traditions.

As we approach our 368th Harvard University Commencement exercises in 2019, additional information will be shared here however, if you have questions regarding information that is not covered, please contact the Commencement Office at or 617-495-5726. Thank you. 

Commencement Office, Harvard University



Important Notice Regarding Messaging Scam: Harvard Commencement Speaker Invitation

March 9, 2018

Harvard University has been alerted to a recent email scam using Harvard’s name. In the email message, the scammers are purporting to be representatives from the “Harvard Commencement Committee” extending an invitation to speak at Harvard’s 2018 Commencement event and receive an honorary degree in exchange for a “waiver fee.”

If you receive an email that fits this description, please do not respond or send any payments. You may report the scam by forwarding the email to


Gates and Bag Policy

Commencement for the Class of 2019 will be held on Thursday, May 30th, 2019.

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.