In acknowledgment of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing restrictions and public health guidance, President Larry Bacow announced that Harvard's 370th Commencement would be postponed until a later date and a virtual ceremony recognizing graduates would be held on May 27, 2021. The ceremony will feature principal speaker Ruth Simmons, PhD '73, a leader in higher education, a GSAS alumna, and a recipient of the GSAS Centennial Medal

Following the University's program on May 27, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will hold a Graduation Recognition Ceremony. All November 2020 and March and May 2021 degree recipients will be invited to register and participate in the ceremony. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend. Details on timing and important registration information are forthcoming and will be emailed to graduates and made available on this page. All graduates are encouraged to celebrate their incredible accomplishments with their departments, peers, family, and friends in addition to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduation Recognition Ceremony. 

Please contact the GSAS Office of Alumni Relations and Events at with any questions or concerns.


Regalia Ordering

Academic regalia will be available to all degree candidates who are interested; it will not be required for participation in the virtual programming on May 27, 2021. In addition to traditional regalia, custom regalia will be available for purchase. (The Harvard Coop will offer a special, keepsake gown made from 100 percent post-consumer, recycled materials in the USA.) Details for ordering regalia as well as processing and shipping times are available here. GSAS will subsidize standard shipping on domestic and international keepsake regalia orders. Make your order at your earliest convenience after March 1, 2021.

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 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 It is now also available to stream above at your convenience.