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Welcome back, Classes of 2020 & 2021!

We are thrilled the University has invited the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to celebrate graduation. Below, you will find a schedule of events for the weekend, as well as helpful information to plan your visit.

May 28 – May 29, 2022

 

We are thrilled to welcome you back to campus today! Below, please find a few important updates regarding today’s activities.

Due to the threat of severe weather, all Saturday HLS Commencement activities have been moved inside. Please note the following:

  • Graduate check-in is now located on the first floor of Wasserstein Hall
    • The Class of 2021 should check-in in the lobby near the HLS Coop
    • The Class of 2020 should check-in in the South Lobby, adjacent to Haas Lounge
      • Walk-in registration will be available for graduates only from 12-7p.m. in the spaces noted above
    • Anyone staying in HLS housing should check in in the South Lobby, adjacent to Haas Lounge
  • The Information Tent outside adjacent to Kumble Plaza will not be used today
    • Please visit the Information table inside the WCC South Lobby with any questions
  • Parking is available in the 10 Everett St garage on a first-come, first-served basis

Saturday Social Reunions and Tours

We are excited to announce the addition of a “Last Lecture,” today featuring Professors Mark Wu and Naz Modirzadeh! Seating will be limited, and tickets will be distributed at check-in on a first-come, first-served basis.

Today’s schedule of events from 2-5 p.m. today is as follows:

2pm – 2:30pm “Last Lecture” with Professors Modirzadeh and Wu  (tickets required)

Location: Austin Hall 

2:30pm – 4:00pm J.D. Section Reunions

Location: Milstein West & WCC 2nd floor 

2:30pm – 4:00pm Grad Program Open House

Location: Hark & Hark South

4:00pm – 5:00pm Student group/organization reunions

Location: WCC Student Org Workroom & 2nd floor classrooms 

In addition to the above spaces dedicated to social reunion activities, don’t forget to visit the HLS Library’s Rare Books Room and take part in a tour of the Library’s Reading Room!

Snacks and beverages will be available throughout WCC, including in Haas Lounge and the Pub.

Welcome Back Barristers’ Ball will take place from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. tonight at the Sheraton Commander Hotel.

  • Graduates who registered in advance will be permitted to enter between 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are required for those who preregistered; you should have an electronic ticket in your email.  
  • Graduates who were not able to preregister may enter after 8:30 p.m., space permitting.
  • Please note that due to limited capacity, +1’s are not permitted.

We can’t wait to see you!

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Saturday, May 28, 2022

  • Check-in, 12-7 p.m., Tent at Belinda Sutton Quadrangle

    Check-in for HLS events and housing will begin at noon on Saturday, May 28. At check-in, we will distribute your welcome bag, housing assignments (if applicable), and graduate lanyards required for entry to Sunday’s University Ceremony.

  • Social Reunions and Campus Tours, 2-5 p.m.

    Enjoy snacks and beverages as you reunite with sectionmates, affinity groups, and student organizations. Self-guided campus tours will also be available.

    2pm – 2:30pm “Last Lecture” with Professors Modirzadeh and Wu  (tickets required)

    Location: Austin Hall 

    2:30pm – 4:00pm J.D. Section Reunions  

    Location: Milstein West/Terrace/2nd floor WCC 

    2:30pm – 4:00pm Grad Program Open House 

    Location: Hark & Hark South

    4:00pm – 5:00pm Student group/organization reunions 

    Location: WCC Student Org Workroom & 2nd floor WCC classrooms 

    In addition to the above spaces dedicated to social reunion activities, don’t forget to visit the HLS Library’s Rare Books Room and take part in a tour of the Library’s Reading Room!

    Snacks and beverages will be available throughout WCC, including in Haas Lounge and the Pub.

    Please note: Graduates may bring an unlimited number of guests to this unticketed event. Guest registration is not required.

  • Welcome Back Barristers Ball, 7-11:30 p.m., Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge MA

    Reconnect, mingle, and celebrate with classmates as you indulge in hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and maybe even a little dancing!

    Please note: Due to venue capacity, this event is restricted to HLS graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Sunday, May 29, 2022

  • 5:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

  • Sunrise Breakfast, 5:30-6:30 a.m., Haas Lounge and Crossroads Patio

    Gather for a continental breakfast, regalia check, and gavel distribution prior to the Class March to Harvard Yard. Graduates who are unable to check-in on Saturday may also check-in at this time. Guests are welcome to join for breakfast.

  • Class March, 6:30 a.m., Crossroads Patio

    Muster for the traditional Class March to Harvard Yard, led by Dean John F. Manning and the 2020 and 2021 Class Marshals. The procession departs at 6:30 a.m., sharp!

  • University Exercises, 8 a.m., Tercentenary Theater

    The University-wide Commencement Ceremony (also known as Morning Exercises), featuring U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland ’74, J.D. ’77 as principal speaker, will begin at 8 a.m. EST.

  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Class of 2021 Diploma Ceremony and Brunch, 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Holmes Field

    A largely traditional HLS Diploma Ceremony, with photo ops, the traditional stage walk, and of course, plenty of pomp and circumstance! “Grab and go” brunch will be provided, with additional options available at the Farewell Reception.

    Please note: Graduates may bring an unlimited number of guests to this unticketed event. Guest registration is not required.

  • Class of 2020 Brunch, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Belinda Sutton Quadrangle and Crossroads Patio

    Prior to the HLS Diploma Ceremony for the Class of 2020, enjoy a refreshing brunch with your guests and classmates.

    Please note: Graduates may bring an unlimited number of guests to this unticketed event. Guest registration is not required.

  • Class Day Speaker Sen. Elizabeth Warren and HLS Dean John F. Manning, 12:25-1 p.m., Holmes Field

    Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren joins HLS Dean John F. Manning in conversation about the role of law in society and the ways in which she has used law to advance the public good.  

    Please note: Graduates may bring an unlimited number of guests to this unticketed event. Guest registration is not required.

  • Class of 2020 Diploma Ceremony, 1:10-2:25 p.m., Holmes Field

    A largely traditional HLS Diploma Ceremony, with photo ops, the traditional stage walk, and of course, plenty of pomp and circumstance!

    Please note: Graduates may bring an unlimited number of guests to this unticketed event. Guest registration is not required.

  • Farewell Reception, 1:10-4 p.m., Belinda Sutton Quadrangle and Crossroads Patio

    Grab some snacks and say farewell to classmates and HLS (until your next reunion, that is!)

    The Class of 2021 may proceed to the Reception at 1:10 p.m.; the Class of 2020 will join the Reception at the conclusion of their Diploma Ceremony.

    Please note: Graduates may bring an unlimited number of guests to this unticketed event. Guest registration is not required.

Plan your visit

plan your visit

Virtual Commencement Coverage

Virtual Commencement Coverage

  • Class Day 2021

    Revisit the 2021 Class Day virtual ceremony

    Class Day 2021

    Revisit the 2021 Class Day virtual ceremony

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    View the recording
  • Commencement 2021

    Revisit the 2021 HLS virtual Commencement Ceremony

    Commencement 2021

    Revisit the 2021 HLS virtual Commencement Ceremony

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    View the recording
  • University Morning Exercises 2021

    Revisit the 2021 virtual Morning Exercises

    University Morning Exercises 2021

    Revisit the 2021 virtual Morning Exercises

    View the recording
    View the recording
  • Commencement 2020

    Revisit the 2020 HLS virtual Commencement Ceremony

    Commencement 2020

    Revisit the 2020 HLS virtual Commencement Ceremony

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    View the recording
  • 2019-2020 In Pictures

    In the true spirit of Harvard Law School, students, faculty, and staff remained dedicated to learning and to service, reaching out from around the world to support each other and their communities.

    2019-2020 In Pictures

    In the true spirit of Harvard Law School, students, faculty, and staff remained dedicated to learning and to service, reaching out from around the world to support each other and their communities.

    View the recording
    View the recording
  • University Morning Exercises 2020

    Revisit the 2020 virtual Morning Exercises

    University Morning Exercises 2020

    Revisit the 2020 virtual Morning Exercises

    View the recording
    View the recording

Commencement Dining Services Title

Commencement Dining Services

Commencement Dining Services Info

The Pub Grill is open 5/25 through 5/29 from 8 am – 3 pm, with weekend service (5/28-5/29) being grab and go packaged items only.
The Harkbox is open 5/25-5/27 from 8 am – 3 pm, and closed on the weekend.