Guidelines and Ticket Information
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Gates and Bag Policy
NOTE: A ticket will be 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.
To accommodate the increasing number of those wishing to attend Harvard’s Commencement Exercises, the following guidelines are proposed to facilitate admission into Tercentenary Theatre. Beneath the guidelines, please find specific information for alumni, parents, and others interested in attending Commencement.
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The following guidelines are presented for the safety of our graduates and guests on Commencement Day:
- Gates open at 6:45 AM and all parents and guests should be seated by 8:30 AM.
- Without exception, parents and guests must present tickets to enter Harvard Yard.
- Academic regalia is required for all graduating degree candidates.
- Degree candidates will receive a limited number of tickets.
- All alumni seeking May 26th and May 29th Commencement tickets may register through this form (one per alum). You must register for 2020/2021 tickets by May 15. Commencement tickets for the 2022 Commencement are no longer available.
- The sale of Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited.
- A ticket grants admission into Harvard Yard, but does not guarantee a seat; seating is available on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved.
- Additional viewing is available in the Science Center and at most of the undergraduate Houses and Graduate / Professional Schools before the luncheons and diploma ceremonies.
- The Commencement Program may be viewed via live webcast on harvard.edu or Comcast 283 in metro Boston.
- Backpacks are prohibited in Harvard Yard and all bags and personal items are subject to inspection.
- Strollers are permitted only in the Old Yard and not in Tercentenary Theatre.
Family and Guests of Graduating College Seniors
Graduating College Seniors will receive a total of four (4) tickets to the Morning Exercises for their parents and guests. Tickets and other Commencement materials will be distributed to the Seniors in mid-May.
Family and Guests of Degree Candidates from the Graduate and Professional Schools
Degree candidates and from the Graduate and Professional Schools will receive two (2) tickets to the Morning Exercises for their parents and guests. Tickets will be distributed to all degree candidates by their Schools in early May.
All alumni seeking May 26 and May 29 Commencement tickets please register through this form (one per alum). You must register for 2020/2021 tickets by May 15. Commencement tickets for the 2022 Commencement are no longer available
Alternatively, alumni and guests may view the Morning Exercises via video screens situated in the Science Center, Sanders Theatre, and many of the professional schools. These locations provide ample seating, and tickets are not required. Viewing will also be available via live web streaming on Harvard.edu.
Guests with Disabilities
There is a reserved and accessible seating section available for individuals with disabilities in Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement Day. Degree candidates are welcome to trade 1-2 general admission tickets for Accessible seating tickets at the time of their ticket pick up at their schools or Senior Desk, for College graduates. There is a limited number of these and they will be provided first-come, first served. However, there is additional, ample overflow seating that is accessible in the Science Center Plaza Tent as well as the Smith Campus Center.
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