Commencement


Harvard Alumni Split Over Move to Separate Commencement from Reunion Events

After learning in-person annual alumni events will be separated from Commencement for the first time, some Harvard alumni mourned the loss of intergenerational connections, even as many acknowledged the practical reasons behind the change.


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Speak at Harvard Class of ’22 Commencement

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will speak at Harvard’s 369th Commencement ceremony this spring. She is set to address Harvard’s Class of 2022 at the first of two Commencement ceremonies the school will hold in May.


Harvard to Host Joint Commencement Ceremony for Classes of 2020, 2021 This Spring

Harvard will host a joint Commencement ceremony for its last two graduating classes this spring, allowing the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to celebrate graduation in person after their exercises were postponed due to the pandemic.


Podcast: The River Rundown

The River Rundown is a podcast about Harvard Athletics amidst the pandemic — focusing on alumni and undergraduates alike, and how the pandemic has impacted their careers. Hosted by Amir Mamdani, this six-part series incorporates a variety of perspectives and athletic experiences, tying together some complementary views on life across the Charles River.


BGLTQ Students Celebrated in Lavender Graduation Ceremonies

Harvard College’s Office of BGLTQ Student Life hosted its annual Lavender Graduation — a ceremony to honor the achievements of BGLTQ students — for more than 40 graduating seniors Sunday evening


Bacow Hopes for ‘As Close to a Traditional’ Post-Covid Commencement As Possible for Classes of ’20, ’21

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Thursday that Harvard intends for future in-person celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to closely mirror traditional Commencement Exercises with just “as much pomp and circumstance.”


Harvard Postpones 370th Commencement, Ruth J. Simmons To Speak at Virtual Ceremony

Harvard will postpone its Commencement Exercises and hold a virtual ceremony in May for the second consecutive year to heed public health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced Friday.


Comedian Conan O’Brien Addresses College Class of 2020

In Harvard College’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony, the Class of 2020 celebrated its achievements and commemorated its losses on Thursday with a colorful address from comedian Conan C. O’Brien ’85.


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