On May 28, 2020, Harvard University will convene online for the Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020 virtual program and The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will follow with a virtual Graduation Recognition Ceremony where each participant's name will be read and recognized. 

Harvard University's 369th Commencement Exercises have been postponed until further notice. Due to the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other public health officials, and Harvard's own faculty, it has been determined that such a large gathering cannot safely be held this spring. We anticipate gathering together for the heraldry, pomp, and circumstance that is traditional to a Harvard University Commencement and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Commencement activities at a time when it is safe to congregate in large groups. We wish to provide the enthusiastic din of celebration to mark the achievements of our students as soon as we are able.

May 28, 2020 Schedule

10:30 a.m. Virtual countdown program to Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020.

11:00 a.m. Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020 virtual program begins. The President, Provost, Deans and other distinguished guests will perform the ceremonial conferral of degrees and other elements.

12:30 p.m.  Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduation Recognition Ceremony. Dean Emma Dench will join student representatives in providing remarks, names of participating graduates will be read, and submitted photo displayed and grouped by program.


Students who are graduating with a PhD or a terminal master's or received those degrees in the November 2019 or March 2020 degree periods were invited to participate in the Graduation Recognition Ceremony and asked to submit their details in advance by May 15. Students receiving an AB/AM or AB/SM should plan to participate in the University-wide Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020 virtual ceremony and degree related activities with their undergraduate houses. All degree recipients, including master's in passing, en route to the PhD, are welcome to join the University-wide virtual ceremony where their degree will be conferred. Individual recognition for those students will be made at the completion of the PhD. All November 2019, March and May 2020 degree recipients will be invited to participate in the postponed Commencement celebrations.

Ceremonies & Broadcast

The Harvard University Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020 virtual ceremony will be broadcast on Harvard.edu on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (-4 GMT) and rebroadcast at 12:00 a.m. EDT, and available the following day. More details available on the virtual University-wide graduation program website. The GSAS Graduation Recognition Ceremony will be broadcast at 12:30 p.m. EDT on gsas.harvard.edu. It will also be available to stream after the ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m. EDT. In addition, we have encouraged departments and degree programs to organize watch parties and virtual celebrations for their community to further mark this festive occasion. Please be in touch with your department to learn more about or help develop surrounding activities. We continue to explore creative ways to honor our graduates in addition to the Graduation Recognition Ceremony and invite you to share any ideas you may have with us at gsaa@fas.harvard.edu


Diplomas will be mailed following conferral if a diploma mailing address is added in my.harvard. The address can be edited as many times as needed until the deadline. Please find additional information and instructions for including a diploma mailing address on the FAS Registrar website. The deadline to add a diploma mailing address is May 15, 2020 for November and March graduates, and May 27 for May graduates. Visit the FAS Registrar site for additional details on adding a diploma mailing address or updating your diploma name.

Regalia Orders

Academic regalia will not be required for this virtual celebration. The COOP and their regalia rental partners have cancelled any advance rental orders already made. They will not be fulfilling any individual orders for rental regalia, but will still be fulfilling orders for purchased regalia and anticipate it may take longer than the four to six weeks that is normal for purchased regalia.