A Notice Regarding Harvard University’s 366th Commencement Exercises
Thursday, May 25, 2017
(For release in early January, 2017)
To accommodate the increasing number of those wishing to attend Harvard University’s Commencement Exercises, the following guidelines are proposed to facilitate admission into Tercentenary Theatre:
• Degree candidates will receive a limited number of tickets to Commencement (both Morning Exercises and Afternoon Program). Parents and guests of degree candidates must have tickets which they will be required to present at the gates in order to enter Harvard Yard. Seating capacity is limited in Tercentenary Theatre. For details, visit the Commencement Office website.
Note: A ticket allows admission into Harvard Yard, but does not guarantee a seat. Seats are available on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved in advance. The sale of Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. Gates will open promptly at 6:45 AM on Commencement Day.
• Alumni may request a limited number of tickets on a first-come, first-served basis through the Harvard Alumni Association (alumni.harvard.edu/annualmeeting or by phone at 617-496-7001).
• Additional viewing is available in the Science Center and at most of the undergraduate Houses and Graduate and Professional Schools. These locations provide seating and admission tickets are not required in most cases. The Morning Exercises and Afternoon Program may also be viewed via live, web-broadcast on Commencement Day through the harvard.edu webpage.
Commencement Day Schedule
Morning Exercises: The Morning Exercises begin following the academic procession into Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard. After the meeting is called to order, the student orators deliver speeches. The President, Provost, and Deans will confer the degrees, and the meeting is adjourned following the benediction. The University Band and University Choir perform throughout the Exercises.
Diploma Granting Ceremonies and Luncheons: Students, parents, and alumni return to their Undergraduate Houses, Graduate and Professional Schools, or Reunion Luncheons, or may purchase tickets for boxed lunches at the Alumni Spread in Harvard Yard.
Afternoon Program: The Afternoon Program, which is the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, includes the Overseer and HAA director election results, the presentation of the Harvard Medals, and remarks by Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust and the Commencement speaker.
The Harvard Commencement Office
The Harvard Alumni Association
Stay tuned to this site for more information regarding Harvard's 366th Commencement on May 25, 2017.
Watch all the pomp and circumstance from this year's Commencement by visiting Harvard's Commencement YouTube playlist. Also, enjoy the 2016 Commencement as graduates and alumni had a lot to say about the festivities!