Commencement 2012

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Graduates from the Kennedy School of Government cheer in excitement after being officially commenced by President Faust on Thursday morning. The 361st Commencement took place in Tercentary Theatre.

Adjourning Commencement

Peter J. Koutoujian, the Sheriff of Middlesex County, rises to adjourn the Commencement exercises. The Sheriff's formal orations of the start and dismissal of Commencement is a tradition that dates back to the seventeenth century.

Michael K. Velchik, graduating senior from Dunster House, delivers an animated Latin Salutatory at Harvard's 361st Commencement on Thursday morning in Tercentary Theatre.

Renowned author, editor-at-large, and television host Fareed Zakaria PhD '93 addresses the thousands of parents, students, and alumni present at the afternoon exercises of the 361st Commencement. The ceremony took place on Thursday in Tercentary Theatre.

Howard M. Georgi '68

Leverett House Master and physics professor Howard M. Georgi '68 sits in his House Master's robe at Commencement. According to tradition, House Masters join their graduating seniors in Commencement exercises, wearing their house colors.

Graduating senior and 2nd Class Marshal Lange P. Luntao prepares to be commenced on the sunny Thursday morning in Tercentary Theatre at Harvard University's 361st Commencement.

U.S. Representative John Lewis

U.S. Representative John Lewis receives an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Harvard's Commencement Exercises on Thursday while fellow awardees Kwame Anthony Appiah and Wendy Kopp look on. Lewis received the degree for his years as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and his continued service to the nation as a congressman.


After a string of disappointing seasons, the Harvard men’s hockey team was picked to finish last in the ECAC in one preseason poll. But the Crimson surpassed all expectations this season, ultimately earning a top-25 national ranking and a spot in the ECAC championship.


Coming into the 2011-12 season, the expectations couldn’t have been much lower for the Harvard men’s hockey team.


Coming into the season ranked as the sixth-best freshman in the nation by Golfweek Magazine, Tiffany Lim immediately justified the lofty expectations in her first three collegiate tournaments.


After earning a national ranking as high as No. 4, junior co-captain Walter Peppelman finished eigth at the NCAA tournament in March. Peppelman finished the season with a 29-7 record in the 157-pound weight class, bringing his career win total to 92. Peppelman also recorded 11 falls, a team high.

WRESTLING: Individual Success Characterizes Year

Coming off of a year that had very few individual or team victories, the Harvard wrestling team (5-10, 1-4 Ivy) performed considerably better in 2011-12, sending four grapplers to the NCAA tournament—the most since 2007—and posting its best head-to-head record since the 2008-09 season.


After replacing freshman goaltender Steve Michalek late in the year, sophomore Raphael Girard shined in the postseason.

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