Events Schedule


Events Schedule

Commencement Week Schedule:
NOTE: 2020's schedule will not be posted until winter but the schedule below may serve as a guide for planning. 

Tuesday 5/28/2019

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 2019 Photo, Tercentenary Theatre

5:00 PM

College Class of 2019 Family Reception, Science Center Plaza

Wednesday 5/29/2019

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

5:00 PM

Faculty Deans’ Receptions, Undergraduate Houses

8:00 PM

Band, Choral, and Glee Club Concert (open to all), Tercentenary Theatre

Thursday 5/30/2019

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

Alumni Procession begins and 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 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

1:30 PM

Formation of the Alumni Procession in the Old Yard

1:45 PM

Alumni Procession begins

2:30 PM

The Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association in Tercentenary Theatre begins
The Afternoon Program includes the Overseer and HAA director election results, the presentation of the Harvard Medals, and remarks by the Harvard President and the Commencement speaker.

4:15 PM

The Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association ends



Harvard Commencement Dates through 2026

Thursday, 5/28/2020*Family

Thursday, 5/27/2021

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