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The Commencement Morning Exercises (9:45 AM)

The Morning Exercises, the official University Commencement ceremony, are held in the outdoor Tercentenary Theatre before an audience of 32,000 degree candidates from the College and Graduate and Professional Schools, family members, faculty, alumni/ae, and special guests of the University. Some families and guests may prefer to avoid the large crowds and view the ceremony on television monitors located at most of the undergraduate Houses and Graduate and Professional Schools. During the Morning Exercises, the three Commencement student speakers, representing each of the following categories (Undergraduate English, Undergraduate Latin, and Graduate English) deliver their speeches. The Deans of each school introduce their respective degree candidates for their specific degrees, which the president then confers. Towards the conclusion of the ceremony the graduating Seniors are asked to rise, and their degrees are conferred on them as a group by the president. Honorary Degrees are then conferred. Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for all graduating degree candidates. Admission to the Morning Exercises is by ticket only. The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited.

Diploma-Awarding Ceremonies at the Graduate and Professional Schools (Noon)

At the conclusion of the Morning Exercises, the President’s Division will process from the platform and down the center aisle of Tercentenary Theatre. Degree candidates and their guests return to their respective Schools for luncheons and individual diploma-awarding ceremonies. Luncheons and diploma-awarding ceremonies at the Schools conclude by approximately 2:00 PM, after which degree candidates, their parents and guests are invited back to Tercentenary Theatre for the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association.

For additional information please contact the respective Graduate/Professional school.

Harvard Business School
Harvard Extension School
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Harvard Divinity School
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Law School
Harvard Medical School
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health