Welcome to the online information resource for Harvard Law School Class Day and Commencement. On this site you will find general information about activities, details about tickets, events schedule, maps and locations, news, resources for guests with disabilities, and the Class Day and Commencement webcast.

Harvard Law School Commencement 2016 will take place on May 26, 2016 and Class Day will take place on May 25, 2016.
Please check back at a later date for more information on Commencement 2016 activities.
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Commencement Video Coverage

Gabby Giffords speaking at HLS Class Day

Class Day Ceremony

Harvard Law School Class Day 2015 (full ceremony)

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Dean Cosgrove and Dean Minow handing out diplomas at Commencement

Commencement Ceremony

Harvard Law School Commencement 2015 (full video)

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HLS Student Reflections Video Intro

Class of 2015 Reflections

Reflections from members of the Harvard Law School Class of 2015

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Commencement Coverage

No time to rest, Patrick says (video)

No time to rest, Patrick says (video)

June 1, 2015

On a day of celebration and achievement, Deval Patrick '78 AB '82, the former governor of Massachusetts, told Harvard graduates he hoped they felt uneasy, unsure, and restless: uneasy about the planet’s big problems, unsure they know all they should, and restless enough to act.

Deval Patrick ’82 returns to Harvard to deliver Commencement Address

Deval Patrick ’82 returns to Harvard to deliver Commencement Address

June 1, 2015

Deval Patrick `82, who recently concluded two terms as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, was Harvard’s 2015 commencement speaker.

GALLERY: Commencement 2015

GALLERY: Commencement 2015

June 1, 2015

On Thursday May 28, 2015, the Harvard Law School Class of 2015 officially became HLS graduates. Here is a look back at their day of celebration. Here is a look at their day of celebration, filled with families, gavels, a former governor—and at least one kazoo.

On the Bench, Commencement 2015 (video)

On the Bench, Commencement 2015 (video)

June 1, 2015

Always a popular photo spot, the Harvard Law School sign (and sometimes bench) is even more popular at graduation. This time-lapse video, taken on May 28, condenses six hours of foot-traffic to and from Commencement ceremonies into two minutes.

Voices from the Class of 2015 (video)

Voices from the Class of 2015 (video)

June 1, 2015

In this video, first shown during HLS Commencement ceremonies on May 28, 2015,  students look back on their unique experiences and shared journey at Harvard Law School. A common theme is appreciation for the eclectic backgrounds, interests and points of view of their classmates. One student observes, “we have students who are in the military, founders of non-profits, doctors, artists, social […]