Guidelines and Ticket Information
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.
Alumni/ae (please see links below in crimson to request tickets)
College alumni/ae attending their 25th, 35th and 50th reunions will receive tickets at their reunions. College alumni/ae attending their 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th reunions and guests may register for their Commencement tickets and the Tree Spread luncheon via their reunion registration form.
Alumni/ae from non-reunion years are requested to 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 is also available via live web streaming on Harvard.edu.
Alternatively, alumni may request a tickets to the Morning Exercises and Afternoon Exercises on a first-come, first-served basis through the Harvard Alumni Association:
- Graduate School Alumni and College Alumni who have not yet celebrated their 50th reunion may request tickets here.
- College Alumni who have previously celebrated their 50th reunion may request tickets here.
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.