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Commencement Events

Commencement is a two-day celebratory event that includes a reception with the dean and the degree-granting ceremony.

Schedule of Commencement Events

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Dean’s Reception 

Student Center at Harvard Griffin GSAS, Lehman Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Thursday, May 23, 2024

6:45 a.m.–7:15 a.m. Degree Candidates Arrive at the Lawns at Richards Hall

33-35 Oxford Street (behind Perkins Hall), Cambridge, Massachusetts

~7:15 a.m. Parade and Academic Procession

Oxford Street into Tercentenary Theatre via the Old Yard

9:30 a.m. Commencement Morning Exercises Begin 

Tercentenary Theatre 

~12:15 p.m. Commencement Morning Exercises Conclude 

Tercentenary Theatre

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Champagne Reception and Luncheon 

33-35 Oxford Street (behind Perkins Hall), Cambridge, Massachusetts

12:30 p.m. Diploma Awarding Ceremonies

Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 

4:00 p.m. PhD Hooding Ceremony for Engineering and Applied Sciences 

Science and Engineering Complex, 150 Western Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 

5:00 p.m. HMS-affiliated PhD Program Hooding Ceremony

Harvard Medical School 

Events Calendar