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Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, on February 26, the University announced Commencement would be held remotely in 2021. Virtual commencement will be held on May 27, and HLS Virtual Class Day will be held on May 26.  More information will be posted to this site soon with specific times and events, and we look forward to welcoming and the Classes of 2020 and 2021 back to campus for an in-person celebration when the health situation allows.

Virtual Commencement 2021 Updates

Virtual Commencement 2021 Updates

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Regalia Purchase Information

While students will not be required to purchase regalia for Commencement, we know that some may like the option. The Commencement Office has worked with The Harvard Coop to make approved Harvard regalia available to all Class of 2021 graduates. Regalia will be available to order online through The Harvard Coop. All student [...]

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Student Oration Competition

There is an opportunity for students to speak at the University’s Commencement ceremony through the 2021 Student Orations Competition. Being chosen by the University as one of the three orators at Harvard’s ceremony is considered to be among the highest honors a student can achieve.

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Commencement Coverage from Harvard Law Today

Commencement Coverage from Harvard Law Today View all Commencement 2020 coverage

Office of Clinical and Pro Bono programs recognizes six students for outstanding work

Office of Clinical and Pro Bono programs recognizes six students for outstanding work

June 3, 2020

This year, the Harvard Law School Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs has recognized six students from the Class of 2020 for their outstanding clinical and pro bono work.

Harvard Law School 2019-2020 year in pictures

May 28, 2020
Harvard Law School 2019-2020 year in pictures

A look back at the 2019-2020 academic year, from summer orientation for incoming students and campus events and celebrations, through the changes brought on by a global pandemic, sending everyone away from campus. But still keeping everyone together thanks to online teaching, learning, and community.

Reflections of the Class of 2020

May 28, 2020
Reflections of the Class of 2020

As we close an unprecedented year, graduating J.D.s and LL.M.s reflect on their law school experience and share their hopes for the future of Harvard Law School.

The Intrepid Class of 2020

May 28, 2020
The Intrepid Class of 2020

Addressing graduating S.J.D.s, LL.M.s, and the first class of J.D.s he welcomed as dean three years ago, Dean John F. Manning ’85 saluted them for showing “resilience, strength, adaptability, and purpose,” and urged them to build “career[s] of meaning and purpose.”

Stevenson: “We have to find ways to create more equality, more opportunity, more justice”

May 28, 2020
Stevenson: “We have to find ways to create more equality, more opportunity, more justice”

This year's commencement speaker, renowned public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson ’85 urged HLS graduates to keep their hopes intact and work to change the narratives that sustain inequality.