November 2021, March 2022, and May 2022 degree recipients participate in this one festive occasion marking the transition from student to alumni. Harvard University's 371st Commencement took place on Thursday, May 26, 2022.​ In addition, the University held a special Commencement celebration for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

Commencement Schedule

GSAS Dean’s Reception, Wednesday, May 25, 2022

4:00 p.m⎼5:30 p.m. Dean Emma Dench hosts a reception for degree candidates and their guests, GSAS Commons, GSAS Student Center.
*RSVP required

Commencement Day, Thursday, May 26, 2022

(Times are approximate, subject to change, and may overlap. Specific locations for the processions are forthcoming.)

6:45 a.m. Harvard Yard gates open for all guests.

6:45 a.m. All degree candidates gather at the Lawns at Richards Hall, behind Perkins Hall, 33–35 Oxford Street.

7:15 a.m. GSAS parades down Oxford Street to the Old Yard.

8:00 a.m. Degree candidates line up for the academic procession next to Thayer Hall in the Old Yard.

8:35 a.m. Advanced degree candidates begin processions into Tercentenary Theatre.

9:45 a.m. Morning Exercises of Commencement begin in Harvard Yard. Morning Exercises include student orations, conferral of all degrees (not diploma distribution), the Commencement Speaker Jacinda Ardern, and presentation of Honorary Degrees.
*tickets required

12:00 noon The GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony in Sanders Theatre (diploma distribution) begins immediately following the Morning Exercises . Each student marching at the ceremony may request two guest tickets for Sanders Theatre. The Diploma Awarding Ceremony will be simulcast on large screens at the Science Center Lecture Halls A–E and on the GSAS website. 
*tickets required

12:00 noon Champagne reception and luncheon begins on the Lawns at Richards Hall, behind Perkins Hall, 33–35 Oxford Street, and continues until approximately 3:00 p.m. for all degree recipients and their guests.
*tickets required

4:00 p.m. PhD Hooding Ceremony for Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).**

5:15 p.m. Graduate Hooding Ceremony for Division of Medical Sciences (DMS) graduates.**

**Additional registration with individual program required.

Live Broadcast for Morning Exercises and Diploma Awarding Ceremony

A Commencement live broadcast in the Science Center showed the Morning Exercises and the GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony in Sanders Theatre. The ceremonies were also streamed live on the GSAS website.

The Commencement Morning Exercises were broadcast live via Comcast Cable (Channel 283) in Boston/Brookline and Cambridge/Greater Boston and on Harvard’s Commencement website. Watch the Morning Exercises on Youtube.

Watch the GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony Online

Security

Security measures are in effect for Harvard's 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) to degree candidates when they pick up their Commencement tickets. Lanyards allow degree recipients to display their ID cards 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 on the day at the GSAS Information Tent at 33 Oxford Street. Please be aware that additional security may be in place at the entrance gates for Commencement guests, and delays can be expected.

Ticket Ordering & Pick-Up

Commencement for GSAS students consists of four major and ticketed activities. Tickets may be ordered for the Morning Exercises, Diploma Awarding Ceremony, and the GSAS luncheon between April 1 and April 27. Tickets must be picked up by the student ordering the ticket themselves during ticket pick up the week of Commencement. 

Tickets are required for all guests age one (1) and older.

Event

Ticket Allocation

GSAS procession to Tercentenary Theatre

degree candidates only

degree candidate ID & lanyard serves as ticket

The Morning Exercises of Commencement in Tercentenary Theatre 

two guest ticket maximum

degree candidate ID & lanyard serves as ticket

GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony in Sanders Theatre

PhD and terminal Master's candidates only

two guest ticket maximum

degree candidate ID & lanyard serves as ticket 

GSAS Champagne Reception and Luncheon

one complimentary for degree candidate, $20 per person for additional tickets

For reasons of capacity and safety, there are strict limits on the number of tickets. GSAS degree candidates must order their tickets in advance online between April 1 and April 27, 2022. Additional tickets may be available for the Morning Exercise and the GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony to degree candidates following the ticket request period through a waiting list lottery. 

AB/AM and AB/SM degree candidates participate with Harvard College and their undergraduate houses in receipt of the AB degree, which is conferred last during the morning exercises. AB/AM and AB/SM candidates are not eligible to participate in GSAS commencement activities or receive guest tickets for any commencement activities through GSAS.

Ticket Pick-Up

Degree candidates must pick up their tickets in person, with photo identification, during the week of Commencement. Final times and locations are posted below. Tickets cannot be mailed.

  • Friday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., GSAS Student Center (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard 
  • Monday, May 23, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., GSAS Student Center (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard
  • Tuesday, May 24, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., GSAS Student Center (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard
  • Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., GSAS Student Center (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard
  • Thursday, May 26, 7:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., GSAS Information Tent, Maxwell Dworkin, 33 Oxford Street

Regalia Orders

Academic regalia is required for degree candidates in the Morning Exercises of Commencement and the GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony. Your Harvard ID is required both when ordering your regalia online and picking it up in-store.

PhD candidates can pick up their rental regalia at the Harvard Coop (Harvard Square location) between May 19 and May 26. No reservations or pre-orders are needed for PhD rentals. More information is available here.

Master's rental regalia and all purchase orders through the Harvard COOP were due on Saturday, April 9.

Affinity Graduation Celebrations

Affinity graduation ceremonies are student-led, staff-supported events that aim to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of graduates from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities. These events provide an opportunity for graduates to honor those who have helped them achieve their milestones while centering their cultural traditions and values.

Championing student organizations plan the ceremonies, hosted by the Harvard community. In 2022, Harvard will host six affinity graduation ceremonies. They are:

Wednesday, May 23
AAPI/APIDA Graduation, 7:00 p.m., Tercentenary Theater — Register Now

Tuesday, May 24
Black Graduation, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre
Latinx Graduation, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at Sanders Theatre
Next Gen (FGLI+) Graduation, 9:30–11:30 a.m., Harvard Memorial Church
Lavender Graduation, 1:00–3:00 p.m., Harvard Divinity School

Thursday, May 26
Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) Indigenous Graduation, Time TK, Sheraton Commander Hotel

These celebrations offer keynote speakers, performances, and cultural celebrations in addition to the Harvard University Commencement and School-based ceremonies. Please visit the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for more information.

Orations Competition

The Commencement 2022 Student Orations Competition selects three graduating students to speak at the Morning Exercises, including one representative to represent all graduate students from all Harvard’s graduate and professional schools. Check out the Commencement Orations Competition website for more information.

Accessibility and Visas

General information for guests with disabilities can be found on the University’s Commencement website. Due to the large number of people in Tercentenary Theatre for the Morning Exercises, and the very limited number of seats for guests in wheelchairs in Sanders Theatre for the Diploma Awarding Ceremony, some guests with mobility issues do find the simulcast facilities in Maxwell Dworkin or the Science Center preferable. Any requests for participant or guest accommodation should be made on the Commencement ticket request form once available.

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 2021 or who will receive a March 2022 or May 2022 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 email the GSAS Office of Student Affairs at least three weeks before your family’s appointment with the embassy or consulate.

Photos and Videos

Commencement photographs can be ordered directly from Commencement Photos, Inc., by using the commencement photographs order form mailed to your home address on file with the FAS Registrar. 

Video of the Morning Exercises and Diploma Awarding Ceremony will be live-streamed on the GSAS website and posted online following the event. 

Previous Ceremonies

On May 26, 2022, The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences held the Diploma Awarding Ceremony in Sanders Theatre where each participant's name was read as they crossed the stage.

Watch on Youtube

On May 27, 2021, Harvard University convened online for the Honoring the Harvard Class of 2021 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.

Watch on Youtube

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.  

Watch on Youtube

 

 

Harvard University and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will host celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on Sunday, May 29, 2022. For more details and updates on the university-wide program, please visit Harvard’s Commencement for the Classes of 2020 & 2021...Read more