Guidelines and Ticket Information
Harvard has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak as well as guidance set forth by the CDC, and the University's recommendations have been evolving quickly as the situation unfolds. The Office of the President announced that our community will not host Commencement exercises in person this May. We recognize how disappointing this is - especially for our students and their family and friends. Understanding why we must move forward this way does not make it any less difficult, but the health and safety of our community is paramount.
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.
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.
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NOTE: This page will receive regular updates with more information for 2020.
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.
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
Alumni/ae may request a ticket on a first-come, first-served basis through the Harvard Alumni Association (see additional information below)
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 Morning Exercises and Afternoon 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.
369th Commencement Exercises and the Annual Alumni Spread Luncheon
*Note that this is only for:
• Harvard and Radcliffe College alumni who graduated from 1970 through 2019.
• All alumni from all of the graduate and professional Schools (any year).
• This form is not for 2020 graduates or College alumni from class years prior to or including 1970 or who are in a Reunion year.
369th Crimson Society Activities, Commencement Exercises and the Annual Tree Spread Luncheon
*Note that this is only for:
• Harvard and Radcliffe College alumni who graduated prior to and including 1969.
• This form is not for 2020 graduates or College alumni who graduated from class years after 1970 or who are in a reunion year.
Harvard College Reunions
If you are a Harvard or Radcliffe College alumna or alumnus participating in your 25th, 35th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th, or 75th Reunion this May, you may register for your Commencement tickets and the Tree Spread luncheon via your reunion registration form.
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.
Additional information can be found here.