The chief marshal represents all University alumni at Commencement. In a traditional year, they greet classes as they process into Harvard Yard, designate “marshal’s aids” to help with Commencement duties as part of the Harvard Alumni Association’s Happy Committee, and preside over the Chief Marshal’s Spread, one of the most anticipated culinary events of the festivities.

Each August, class officers from the 25th Reunion are contacted and asked to select a class nominating committee. The committee invites suggestions from the Class and screens candidates based on one’s career success, vocations, and avocations; contributions to their community and the larger society; and service to the College.

Read about the 2023 candidates

Past Chief Marshals