Each year, the GSAS Student Council (GSC) chooses its Commencement marshals to represent the School’s graduating class. Marshal nominations are made by members of the GSAS community, including students, the nominee’s graduate program administrator, or Harvard faculty. To be selected as a GSAS marshal is considered an honor for a graduating student and is one of Harvard’s most well-loved Commencement traditions.

On the morning of Commencement, marshals help the School’s deans organize the procession from the Lawns at Richards Hall to Harvard Yard. Walking at the head of the procession, they proudly hoist the School gonfalon as they lead the graduating class into Tercentenary Theatre. 

The 2022 Commencement marshals representing the doctor of philosophy are: 

  • Tobias Egle, PhD, Engineering Sciences (Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering)
  • Xavier du Maine, PhD, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Malinda McPherson, PhD, Speech and Hearing, Bioscience and Technology
  • Rhine Samajdar, PhD, Physics
  • Weilu Shen, PhD, Engineering Sciences (Applied Physics)
  • Christian Struck, PhD, Germanic Languages and Literature
  • Clarisse Wells, PhD, South Asian Studies.

The 2022 Commencement marshal representing graduates with a master of arts, master of science, and master of engineering is Ghazi Ghazi, AM, Middle Eastern Studies.

Tobias Egle

Tobias Egle, PhD, Engineering Sciences (Materials Sciences & Mechanical Engineering)

Xavier du Maine

Xavier du Maine, PhD, Biological and Biomedical Sciences

 

      

Malinda McPherson

Malinda McPherson, PhD, Speech and Hearing, Bioscience and Technology 

Rhine Samajdar

Rhine Samajdar, PhD, Physics

     

 

Weilu Shen

Weilu Shen, PhD, Engineering Sciences (Applied Physics)

Christian Struck

Christian Struck, PhD, Germanic Languages and Literature

      

 

 

Clarisse Wells

Clarisse Wells, PhD, South Asian Studies

Ghazi Ghazi

Ghazi Ghazi, AM, Middle Eastern Studies

    

 

Meet the 2022 GSAS Commencement Marshals!