Harvard College Alumni
Commencement Information for the College Class of 2014
Events involving family members of the College Class of 2014 graduates begin on Tuesday, May 27. You should plan to participate in all the activities and be in Cambridge from May 27–29, 2014, with Thursday, May 29 (Commencement) being the most important day to attend.
Graduation Week Schedule for Students and Family/Guests
Tuesday, May 27
|11:00 AM||Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises
|2:00 PM||Baccalaureate Service
Memorial Church (service for students only)
Tercentenary Theatre (audio for families and guests)
|6:00 PM||Class of 2014 Family Dinner and Party
Soldiers Field Athletic Area
Wednesday, May 28
|11:30 AM||ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
|12:00 PM||Class Day Picnic
|2:00 PM||Class Day Exercises
Tercentenary Theatre, with featured Class Day Speaker
|5:00 PM||The Masters’ Receptions
|8:00 PM||Band, Choral, and Glee Club Concert
Thursday, May 29
|9:45 AM||363rd Commencement: The Morning Exercises
|12:00 PM||Luncheon and Diploma Presentation
|2:30 PM||Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association: The Afternoon Program
Tercentenary Theatre, with featured Commencement Speaker
Senior Desk: Beginning Tuesday, May 6, 2014 between the hours of 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, seniors are invited to come to the Senior Desk at the Harvard Alumni Association Office, on the 6th floor at 124 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, to pick up all of the tickets to which they are entitled and to purchase additional tickets. This is the only way for students to pick up all tickets.
When students arrive at the Senior Desk, they can purchase additional tickets with cash, check, or credit card and/or pick up tickets that their parents have requested and purchased in advance.
Advanced ticket purchasing for parents and guests can be done securely online beginning April 1, 2014 and until May 2, 2014. Additional ticket purchases starting May 6 (and until May 28) must be done by students at the Senior Desk.
Total Tickets Given
Tuesday, May 27
|Phi Beta Kappa||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Baccalaureate||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Class Picture||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Family Dinner & Party||1 (incl. senior ticket)||Required||$20 Each|
Wednesday, May 28
|ROTC Commissioning Ceremony||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Class Day Picnic||3 (incl. senior ticket)||Required||$10 Each|
|Class Day Exercises||5 (incl. senior ticket)||Required||Check at Senior Desk|
|House Masters' Receptions||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Band & Glee Club Concert||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
Thursday, May 29
|The Morning Exercises||4||Regalia/ID is ticket||No (limited space)|
|House Luncheon||3 (incl. senior ticket)||Required||~$15 Each|
|House Diploma Presentation||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|The Afternoon Program||5 (incl. senior ticket)||Required||Check at Senior Desk|
Senior Class Family Dinner & Party
Tuesday, May 27 at 6:00 PM
Enjoy dinner and drinks with your senior, as well as other families and guests. Tickets are complimentary for the graduating senior and $20 per each additional person (children under 5 are free). All additional reservations must be made in advance, either online or at the Senior Desk. Seniors are encouraged to check with their parents first before purchasing tickets on campus. If parents have ordered tickets online, seniors may pick them up at the Senior Desk.
Class Day Picnic
Wednesday, May 28 at 12:00 PM
Enjoy a casual lunch in the Old Yard before the start of the Class Day Exercises. Tickets are complimentary for the graduating senior and two guests, and tickets are $10 per each additional person. All additional reservations must be made in advance, either online or at the Senior Desk. Seniors are encouraged to check with their parents first before purchasing tickets on campus. If parents have ordered tickets online, seniors may pick them up at the Senior Desk.
Class Day Exercises
Wednesday, May 28 at 2:00 PM
For seniors and guests, featuring the presentation of the Ames Awards, the Harvard and Ivy Orations, and the Class Ode, sung to the tune of "Fair Harvard." A remarkable display of eloquence and entertainment by fellow classmates, complemented by the 2014 Class Day speaker. Each senior is entitled to five complimentary tickets. Graduating seniors will require one of these tickets for entry. Additional tickets may also be available at the Senior Desk.
Commencement—The Morning Exercises
Thursday, May 29 at 9:45 AM (gates open at 6:45 AM)
For the Morning Exercises, seniors in academic regalia (cap and gown) do not need tickets for the Commencement Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre (security lanyards and regalia are required for entry). Family members and guests will require tickets for the Commencement Morning Exercises. The Commencement Morning Exercises are extremely crowded (over 32,000 people attend) and, consequently, tickets are limited to a maximum of four per graduating senior (no exceptions). Please note that a ticket does not guarantee a seat. The sale of Commencement tickets is also strictly prohibited. For more information about the schedule for the Morning Exercises please visit the University Commencement website. To learn more about the history of the Spirit & Spectacle of Harvard Commencement, please visit this page.
Commencement—Luncheon and Diploma Presentation
Thursday, May 29 at 12:00 PM
Between the Commencement Morning Exercises and Afternoon Program, in each House, there is a diploma presentation ceremony and luncheon. This is the ceremony where the graduate actually receives his/her diploma. Tickets are not required for the ceremony but are required for the luncheon. Tickets are complimentary for the graduating senior and two guests. Additional guest tickets can be purchased beginning in May of 2014 through the House office or during the lunch from the checker for ~$15 each (cash only on the day of Commencement).
Commencement—The Afternoon Program
Thursday, May 29 at 2:30 PM
Students will receive five Afternoon Program tickets (one for the graduate and four for guests), where addresses by the Harvard President and the Commencement Speaker are scheduled. Additional Afternoon Program tickets may become available at the Senior Desk. For more information about the schedule for the Afternoon Program please visit the University Commencement website or the Harvard Alumni Association's Annual Meeting website.
1. Where can I purchase graduation announcements?
The Coop offers personalized announcements with the graduate's name, degree, and concentration. For more information or to order, visit the Coop, visit thecoop.com, or call 800-368-1882.
The Harvard Shop, a division of Harvard Student Agencies, also offers personalized graduation announcements. For more information or to order, visit the Harvard Shop at 52 JFK Street, visit CBgrad.com, or call 800-433-0296.
2. How can I obtain academic regalia (cap and gown)?
Cap and gown rentals will be available prior to May 29 in the Textbook department on the third floor of the Coop on Palmer Street. For more information, visit thecoop.com or call 617-499-2122.
Harvard College undergraduates do not have to reserve academic regalia (cap and gown) in advance.
3. How can I purchase Class of 2014 merchandise?
Seniors and parents will be able to purchase class merchandise, brought to you by the Senior Class Committee, beginning in the spring, prior to Commencement. All items will be delivered to seniors in the beginning of May.
4. When must seniors vacate their rooms?
All seniors must vacate their rooms by 5:00 PM on May 30, 2014 (no exceptions).
5. Are recordings of the Commencement Week activities available for purchase?
Broadcast-quality, multiple-camera DVD recordings are available of the Commencement Morning Exercises and the afternoon Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association held in Tercentenary Theatre. Class Day Exercises (Wednesday afternoon) are also available on DVD. The morning and afternoon Commencement Day recordings include commentary during the processions. Single-camera recordings of diploma ceremonies at the Houses may be available based on House.
For purchase of or information about videos in Tercentenary Theatre, contact Commencement Video at 617-884-6000. For purchase of or information about videos at Houses, contact your House office. For audio only, call the Media and Technology Services Office at 617-495-9460.
6. Are there special arrangements for persons with disabilities?
Yes. There is an accessible seating section available for persons with disabilities in Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement Day. For more information, please visit the main Commencement site here.
Other commencement week activities may also be accessible depending on location. Please call the Alumni Association at 617-496-7001 or email Clint Ficula to find out more.
7. How do I order a copy of the Class Picture?
If you are not able to pick up an order form at the time the picture is taken, you can pick one up at 124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th floor at any time. You can also contact: Panfoto, panfoto.com, P.O. Box 650063, West Newton, MA 02465-0063, (781-788-9595, Fax: 781-788-4999).
8. Is there parking available during Commencement Week?
Parking during this time is limited. More detailed information can be found on this page.
9. How do I purchase a copy of the Harvard College Yearbook?
Orders can be placed by going to the website: harvardyearbook.com.
10. How do I get added to the Social Senior Class List to receive information about Senior Events?
Please either complete this online, secure survey or email Clint Ficula with your name, House, mailing address, and parent contact information.
11. How can I find out if I am officially considered a senior?
If you want to walk at Commencement but are unsure of your senior standing please contact your House office or contact the Registrar directly.
12. What if I need to invite family or friends from overseas who may require a visa?
For family, relatives, and friends to visit you in the U.S., they will most likely need to apply for a tourist visa. The actual process may vary widely by region and country. For more information about the specifics of this process, please visit the Harvard International Office website. If your family members or friends require invitation letters for this process, please reach out directly to your House office.
13. Do family members under 5 years old need to pay for or need tickets to events?
For the Family Dinner, no ticket needed for those under 5 years old. For the Class Day picnic and Masters' Receptions, these are pre-bagged meals; if children will need their own lunches, they will need their own tickets. For Class Day/Commencement Exercises, children do not need tickets if they are able to sit on your lap.