Commencement

GSAS Commencement 2015

What information are you looking for?

 

What is the GSAS Commencement schedule and where do activities take place?

View the schedule and live broadcast details or a map of commencement event locations.

 

How do I order my regalia?

Academic regalia must be rented (or purchased) from the Harvard Coop using the Coop’s ordering form. Order in store, by fax (617-499-2016), or by mail. Call 617-499-2070 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Please Note: Orders for regalia for Master’s degree candidates must be placed from March 23 through April 8, and from March 23 through April 24 for PhD candidates.

 

Can I get more involved in Commencement activities?

Yes! You can enter the Commencement 2015 Student Orations Competition. Each year, three graduating students are selected to speak at the Morning Exercises, including one representative from the graduate or professional schools. Speeches must not exceed five minutes in length and there is a $1,000 prize. Deadline for electronic submissions is noon on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Check out the Commencement Office’s website to learn more.

 

How can I order tickets? Where can I pick them up?

The link for ordering 2015 commencement tickets will be live on April 1.

Ordering
Tickets are required for Commencement Day events. Degree candidates are allotted the following number of tickets:

EventTicket Allocation
GSAS Breakfast with the Deans no ticket maximum
Morning Exercises

two ticket maximum
degree candidate does not need her/his own ticket

GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony in Sanders Theatre
PhD and terminal Master's candidates only
two ticket maximum
degree candidate does not need her/his own ticket
four additional tickets to Science Center Commencement broadcast
GSAS Luncheon one complimentary for degree candidate, $20 per person for additional tickets
Afternoon Exercises

three ticket maximum
this includes the degree candidate

For reasons of capacity and safety, there will be no exceptions to the two-ticket rule for the Morning Exercises and the GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony in Sanders Theatre.

Pick-up
Degree candidates must pick up their tickets in person, with a photo identification, at the following times and locations. Tickets cannot be mailed.

  • Friday, May 22, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center Information Center on the Arcade Level, 1350 Massachusetts Ave.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center Information Center on the Arcade Level, 1350 Massachusetts Ave.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center Information Center on the Arcade Level, 1350 Massachusetts Ave.
  • Thursday, May 28, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., GSAS Information Tent, Maxwell Dworkin, 33 Oxford Street

Security
Heightened security measures are in effect for Commencement. All degree candidates who are attending Commencement must visibly display their Harvard identification (ID) cards or Harvard Yard Passes before being granted admission to Harvard Yard. GSAS will distribute Commencement lanyards (a cord with an attached pouch to be worn around the neck) and Yard Passes to degree candidates when they pick up their Commencement tickets. Lanyards allow degree recipients to display their ID cards or Yard Passes visibly and gain speedier access to Harvard Yard. Degree recipients who are unable to pick up their lanyard and tickets before Commencement Day may obtain them at the GSAS Information Tent at 35 Oxford Street. Please be aware that additional security may be in place at the entrance gates for Commencement guests, and delays can be expected.

 

I understand that GSAS gives out diplomas to the children of graduates. How do I sign up for that?

If you are interested in accepting your degree with your child or children, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, noting your name, department, degree, and the name(s) of your child(ren).

 

Do I need to make arrangements for international guests or those with disabilities?

Information for guests with disabilities can be found on the University’s Commencement website.

Families of international students sometimes experience difficulty obtaining visas to attend Commencement. Family members who will require US visa stamps must apply to a US embassy or consulate far in advance to complete the process in time. International students who received a November 2014 or who will receive a March 2015 or May 2015 degree may request that the Dean's Office send an invitation letter to their family; this letter may facilitate the granting of a visa. To request a letter, please e-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at least 3 weeks before your family’s appointment with the embassy or consulate

View a PDF containing specific information required to generate a letter.

Details about the visitor's visa may be found on the US Department of State website. You may also visit the Harvard International Office (HIO) website which outlines the documents needed for the visa application process. For more information, contact Darryl Zeigler, HIO International Student Advisor, at 617-495-2789.

 

Where can I get photos or a DVD of Commencement?

DVDs of Commencement Day can be ordered by mail using a DVD Order Form.
Commencement Photographs can be ordered from Commencement Photos, Inc., by mail, fax, or phone by using the commencement photographs  order form.

 

I can’t find the information I’m looking for. Is there someone I can contact?

If you are graduating and have additional questions, review the Commencement FAQ. You may also e-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 617-495-5591.
Visit Harvard’s Commencement website for information about University-wide activities.
For media inquiries, e-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..