Harvard University’s 370th Commencement Exercises are scheduled for Thursday, May 27, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is preparing several scenarios for Commencement 2021 to ensure that we honor our graduating students and their incredible accomplishments safely and in line with current public health guidance. We recommend that all travel and accommodations made at this time are flexible and fully refundable where possible.

More information will be shared as it becomes available. Please contact the GSAS Alumni Relations and Events Office at gsaa@fas.harvard.edu with any questions and/or concerns. We invite any ideas for creative ways to honor our graduates this coming Spring. 

2020 GSAS Graduation Recognition Ceremony

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

May 28, 2020 Schedule

11:00 a.m. Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020. The program featured Graduate and Undergraduate Orations, remarks from 2020 Commencement Speaker Marty Barron, executive editor of the Washington Post, and conferral of degrees.

12:30 p.m. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduation Recognition Ceremony. Dean for Student Affairs Garth McCavana PhD ’90 emceed and introduced the 2020 Commencement Marshals, including Blakely Bussie O’Connor PhD ’20, who spoke on behalf of the graduates. Dean Emma Dench provided remarks and recognized the four alumni recipients of the GSAS Centennial Medal. Reading of the names proceeded by the program.

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Ceremonies & Broadcast

The Harvard University Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020 virtual ceremony was broadcast on Harvard.edu on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. EDT (-4 GMT). More details available on the University-wide graduation program website. The GSAS Graduation Recognition Ceremony was broadcast at 12:30 p.m. EDT on gsas.harvard.edu. It is now also available to stream above at your convenience.