Events Schedule

Events Schedule

Please note: the graduation week schedule including an anticipated in-person event on Thursday, May 26, 2022, is being developed. A final schedule will be published during the winter season. Please see down below for expected events.

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Harvard University Commencement Week Schedule:
Note: The college and each graduate/professional school hosts additional events unique to their community. Please visit the sites hyperlinked above or visit the "students" tab above and scroll down to review the additional events hosted by each school.


11:00 AM

Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises, Memorial Hall

2:00 PM

Baccalaureate Service, Memorial Church (service for seniors only)

3:30 PM

College Class of 2022 Photo, Tercentenary Theatre

5:00 PM

College Class of 2022 Family Reception, Science Center Plaza


11:00 AM

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Tercentenary Theatre


College Class Day Picnic, Old Yard

2:00 PM

College Class Day Exercises with featured Class Day Speaker, Tercentenary Theatre

4:00 PM

Dudley Community Reception, Lehman Hall

5:00 PM

Faculty Deans’ Receptions, Undergraduate Houses


Harvard University Band and Choruses Concert (open to all), Tercentenary Theatre


8:00 AM

College Senior Chapel, Memorial Church

8:00 AM

Formation of Advanced Degree Candidates, Sever Quadrangle

8:15 AM

College Senior Chapel ends, formation of Seniors begins, Old Yard

8:30 AM

President's Division begins processing through the open ranks of Seniors

8:35 AM

Procession of Advanced Degree Candidates begins

8:50 AM

Academic procession begins

9:25 AM

President's Division ends its procession into the Theatre

9:45 AM

The Commencement Morning Exercises begin
After the meeting is called to order, the student orators deliver speeches. The Provost and Deans introduce the candidates and the president will confer the degrees. The Commencement Speaker delivers the Commencement Address. The meeting is adjourned following the benediction. The University Band and University Choir perform throughout the Exercises.

11:30 AM

The Commencement Morning Exercises end


Luncheons and diploma-awarding ceremonies at the undergraduate Houses, Graduate, and Professional Schools; reunion and alumni luncheons at various locations

The week following


All alumni/ae are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. Details regarding that program are here

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Harvard Commencement Dates through 2026
Thursday, 5/26/2022

Thursday, 5/25/2023

Thursday, 5/23/2024

Thursday, 5/29/2025*

Thursday, 5/28/2026*

*Occurs during the same week of Memorial Day