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Harvard University is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. We are planning for several reopening stages to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures. To stay up to date on Harvard's response to the outbreak, visit the University's COVID-19 website, which will be updated with information as it becomes available.

The Office of the President announced that our community would not host Commencement exercises in person on May 28th, 2020. The university hosted an online graduation program on Thursday, May 28th to honor our Harvard Class of 2020. You can watch that program here.

If there are further updates to Commencement and related activities, the University will post updates here. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


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NOTE: This page will receive updates with more information for the Class of 2020 once a date is determined for the in person celebration. 

We have compiled a list of local hotels below that may be helpful to you as you make plans for your visit. Hotels have been listed in order of distance to Harvard University. Please note that the University does not endorse any of these properties, rather this list has been prepared as a courtesy to our many guests attending Commencement and other related activities. 

Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

  • Harvard Faculty Club  (short walking distance, 0.1 mile)
    20 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Tel: 617-495-5758
  • The Hotel Veritas (short walking distance, 0.3 mile)
    One Remington St, Cambridge, MA 02128
    Tel: 617-520-5000
  • Harvard Square Hotel (short walking distance, 0.3 mile)
    110 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge, MA, 2138
    Tel: 617-864-5200 or 1-800-458-5886
  • The Charles Hotel (short walking distance, 0.4 mile)
    One Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Contact the in-house reservations team to inquire about availability for guest rooms, event space rentals, and dinner reservations.
    Tel: 617-864-1200 or 1-800-882-1818
  • Irving House (short walking distance, 0.4 mile)
    24 Irving St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    617-547-4699 or 877-547-4600
  • A Friendly Inn at Harvard (short walking distance, 0.4 mile)
    1673 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Tel: 617-547-7851
  • A Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge (short walking distance, 0.4 mile)
    1657 Cambridge St #3, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Tel: 617-868-7082 or 1-800-795-7122
  • Sheraton Commander Hotel (walking distance, 0.5 mile)
    16 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Tel: 617-547-4800 or 1-800-535-5007
  • The Mary Prentiss Inn (walking distance, 0.8 mile)
    6 Prentiss St, Cambridge, MA 02140
    Phone: 617-661-2929
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston - Cambridge (1.2 miles)
    400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134
    Tel: 617-783-0090 or 1-
  • Courtyard by Marriott Boston/Cambridge (1.2 miles)
    777 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02139
    Tel: 617-492-7777
  • Porter Square Hotel (Accessible via the subway/redline - one stop away, 1.2 miles)
    1924 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
    Tel: (617) 499-3399
  • Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT (Accessible via the subway/redline – one stop away, 1.3 miles)
    20 Sidney St, Cambridge, MA 02139
    Tel: 617-577-0200 or 866-716-8119
  • A Cambridge House (Accessible via the subway/redline – two stops away, 1.6 miles)
    2218 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, 02140
    Tel: 617-491-6300 or 1-800-232-9989
  • The Kendall Hotel (Accessible via the subway/redline – two stops away, 1.8 miles)
    350 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142
    Tel: 617-577-1300 or 866-566-1300
  • The Freepoint Hotel (1.8 miles)
    220 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA, 02138
    Tel: 617-491-8000 or 1-
  • Hyatt Regency Cambridge (1.9 miles)
    575 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02139
    Phone: (617) 492-1234 or 1-800-233-1234
  • Boston Marriott Cambridge (Accessible via the subway/redline – two stops away, 2 miles)
    50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
    Tel: (617) 494-6600 or 1-800-228-9290
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Boston - Cambridge (2 miles)
    250 Monsignor O'Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA 02141
    Tel: 617-577-7600
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton (2.4 miles)
    1 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474
    Tel: 781-643-7258
  • Royal Sonesta (Accessible via the subway/redline – two stops away, 2.5 miles)
    40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142
    Tel: 617-806-4200
    The Sonesta does offer a few special discounts (parking and meals) for Harvard Commencement guests, please see
    here to book
  • AC Hotel by Marriott - Cambridge (Accessible via the subway/redline – three stops away, 2.7 miles)
    10 Acorn Park Dr, Cambridge, MA 02140
    Tel: 617-876-6190
  • Sheraton Boston Hotel (2.7 miles)
    39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199
    Tel: 617-236-2000 of 866-716-8120
  • Liberty Hotel (Accessible via the subway/redline - three stops away, 2.7 miles)
    215 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
    Tel: (617) 224-4000
  • Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill (Accessible via the subway/redline - three stops away, 2.8 miles)
    5 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114
    Tel: (617) 742-7630
  • Fairmont Copley Plaza (3.1 miles)
    138 St. James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
    Tel: 617-267-5300

Additional options in Boston within a short drive or taxi ride from Harvard University are listed below. Free shuttle service is available from Harvard Business School Alston Campus:

Another option for accommodations are vacation rentals. These sites may be helpful: or