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Commencement Day

May 24, 2018


  • Commencement Day Schedule

  • 6:30 A.M. - Sunrise Breakfast

    Degree candidates and their guests are invited to a continental breakfast before the day’s events. Tickets are not required.

  • 7:10 A.M. - Class March with Dean to Tercentenary Theatre

    • Law School degree candidates will meet in front of Harkness Commons’ main entrance to join the Dean of HLS and the Class Marshals in a procession to the 1885 Gate at Quincy Street. Then, degree candidates will assemble on Quincy Street outside the entrance to Sever Quad for the Academic Procession.
    • For those who miss the march, all degree candidates must be assembled at the Sever Quad by 8:00 am.
    • All degree candidates must be in academic attire, wearing their Harvard ID. Students in regalia DO NOT need a ticket to enter.
  • 9:45 A.M. - University Ceremony

    The University Ceremony is scheduled in Tercentenary Theatre, rain or shine. At this ceremony, President Faust confers degrees to graduates by school.

    • Tickets are required. Degree candidates receive 2 guest tickets (degree candidates do not need a ticket). Note: A ticket allows admission into Tercentenary Theatre; however, seats are available on a first come, first served basis. University gates open at 6:45 am. Guests of degree candidates should plan their arrival accordingly.
    • All guests should be seated for the start of the academic procession which begins at 8:30 a.m.
    • The morning ceremony has an audience of approximately 33,000 people. Additional information about the University’s Commencement ceremony can be found at the University’s Official Commencement site.
    • Maps of Harvard Yard and Tercentenary Theatre can be found at Harvard University Maps.
  • 11:45 A.M. - Law School Diploma Ceremony

    At this ceremony in front of Langdell Library, degrees are presented individually by Dean Manning.

    • The Law School’s Diploma Ceremony is scheduled to begin after the University Ceremony (approximately 11:45 am) and lasts approximately 2 hours.
    • Lunch is offered during the Diploma Ceremony for graduates and guests with lunch tickets.
    • Tickets are not necessary to attend the ceremony, but are necessary for lunch. The graduating student receives 1 complimentary lunch ticket. Lunch tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • 2:30 P.M. - University Afternoon Exercises

    • President Drew Faust and the Commencement Speaker will deliver remarks.
    • Tickets are required for this ceremony. Each degree candidate receives 3 guest tickets, one of which is for the graduate.