Event Schedule
Frequently Asked Questions
Zoom Virtual Backgrounds
Alumni Life Information

Virtual Graduation Events Schedule

Schedule for College Class of 2021 Seniors and Families

Monday, May 24

1:00 PM EDT

Sitting Down with Dean Dingman

A member of the Class of 2021 looks back with former Dean of Freshmen Tom Dingman A.B. '67 at the unique experience of the Class of 2021. Dean Dingman offers his advice on making the most of this special time and answers questions on how to best navigate changing landscapes and relationships. A Zoom link to join will be shared with members of the Class of 2021.

5:30 PM EDT

Harvard Club of Boston Info Session

The Harvard Club of Boston is offering the Class of 2021 free membership until the end of August 2022. Learn more about membership at the Harvard Club of Boston at a complimentary information session followed by a fun and interactive virtual game show. Register here to join the information session and virtual game show on May 24.

Tuesday, May 25

All Day

Family Day

Graduating seniors are encouraged to find a time to virtually connect with their friends and their family members on a platform and at a time this day that works for them. This is an optional opportunity for families to meet each other.

2:00 PM EDT

Baccalaureate Exercises

President Bacow will address the Class of 2021 and graduating seniors will read from their sacred texts and offer blessings from their religious traditions during the annual Baccalaureate service, celebrated at Harvard since the eighteenth century.  The service will be broadcast over the livestream on WHRB.org.

Wednesday, May 26

Various Times

ROTC Commissioning Ceremonies

These ceremonies celebrate the commissioning of the new military officers from the College’s ROTC contingent. Information about the commissioning ceremonies will be shared with participating graduates. Note that the ceremonies are being organized by the branches this year; there will be no single Harvard ceremony.

2:00 PM EDT

Class Day Exercises

Class Day celebrates the graduating College Class of 2021. The program will include remarks from featured guest speaker Jeremy Lin AB ’10, the Harvard Oration by Olivia Summerville Farrar AB ’21, the Ivy Oration by Marie Konopacki AB ’21, Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, incoming HAA President Vanessa Liu AB ’96, JD ’03, the Class Ode by Mario Haskett Jr. AB ’21, the presentation of the Ames Award, and more.

The program can be viewed on the Harvard University YouTube page.

In regions where YouTube is not accessible, the program may be viewed here

An order of program can be viewed here.

8:00 PM EDT

Senior Letterwinners' Dinner

This virtual event celebrates graduating senior student-athletes and their families. Learn more at www.SLD2021.com.

Thursday, May 27

10:30 AM EDT

Honoring the Harvard Class of 2021

University-wide ceremony
We will gather as a community online to award degrees and celebrate the achievements of our graduates. Ruth Simmons, Ph.D. ’73, will deliver the principal address. The live-stream will be available on the Honoring the Class of 2021 website

2:00 PM EDT

House and Dudley Community Celebrations

Graduating College seniors will be recognized at concurrent virtual ceremonies for each of the twelve Houses and the Dudley Community. Programming information for each House event will be shared with the graduating students.

Wednesday, June 2

6:00 PM EDT

Harvard Club of New York City Info Session

The Harvard Club of New York City is offering the Class of 2021 free membership starting in July with waived dues and entrance fees through June 2022. Register here to join a webinar hosted by the Club on June 2 to learn more about HCNY and your membership gift. 

Friday, June 4

11:45 AM EDT

151st Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association

We hope you join us Friday, June 4, as we celebrate our global alumni community during Harvard’s largest virtual gathering of alumni yet. Learn more about the program here. The program will include remarks by Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow and featured speaker Kevin Young AB ’92, the Andrew W. Mellon director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The live-stream will be available here

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Frequently Asked Questions: Questions and Answers about Graduation and Events

Can seniors purchase keepsake regalia (cap and gown)?

The Commencement Office has worked with The Harvard Coop to make approved Harvard regalia available to all Class of 2021 graduates. Students are not required to purchase regalia, and it will not be a requirement for any events. Students may choose to purchase regalia if they want to have it for a keepsake, to take photos, or to optionally wear during events. Students will also be able to wear this regalia at the future in-person celebration.

All student regalia orders will ship directly to you for use for your Class of 2021 programs and photo opportunities. Regalia is yours to keep as a memento of your achievements. All Harvard Keepsake regalia is sustainable, made of 100% recycled materials, and made in the USA.

The AB cap, tassel, and gown costs $49.50 and the dual AB/AM cap, tassel, gown, and master hood costs $90.00. Both domestic and international shipping are covered by Harvard College and the Harvard Alumni Association, and will be free.

Orders should be placed here by Wednesday, April 14, and will begin shipping on April 15. Students can continue to place orders after that time, but should order as soon as possible to allow for arrival before May 27.

How do seniors get a copy of the 2021 Harvard College Yearbook?

To order the Class of 2021 Harvard Yearbook, visit harvardyearbook.com/forms/yearbook. If there are any questions about the Yearbook, please email inquiries@harvardyearbook.com

How do seniors get a copy of the Class of 2021 Register?

For any order of a past edition's Yearbook or Register, visit https://harvardyearbook.com/forms/pastyearbook/. If there are any questions, please email inquiries@harvardyearbook.com

Can seniors and families still order the First-Year Convocation class photograph?

Orders can be placed online. Discounted pricing is available until May 31. The discounted cost is $30 for the color photograph, $35 for the laminated photograph, and $125 framed, plus shipping and tax (where applicable). 

Where can I get graduation-related merchandise?

The Coop has been helping seniors with Commencement since 1882. The Coop offers a wide selection of officially-licensed Commencement essentials including Diploma Frames manufactured to Harvard diploma specifications, Class Rings, Announcements, and Harvard apparel, gifts, and memorabilia for the Class of 2021. Order online at https://store.thecoop.com/. Members get a 10% discount.

In cooperation with The Commencement Office, The Harvard Coop is offering special, keepsake Harvard Regalia* this year, made in the USA, with the environment in mind from 100% post-consumer, recycled materials.

*PLEASE NOTE: For the Class of 2021, Regalia is not required, but optional for those interested in taking photographs, or celebrating, safely, with those in their households.

Order online at The Coop Commencement Center.

The Harvard Shop is run by Harvard College students. Please visit their website at theharvardshop.com to view their graduation collections. Don't forget to claim your 25% discount as a Harvard Student before you graduate by entering your email in at checkout.

For bulk sales of products, The Harvard Shop runs specific promotions on various products. Please visit this page on their website to inquire about bulk sales options:

The Harvard Shop provides personalized graduation announcements. For more information and to order, visit balfour.com/harvard or call 800-433-0296. Contact Daniyal Sachee, Managing Director of the Harvard Shop, at daniyal.sachee@hsa.net with any questions. The Harvard Shop also offers rings which can be explored and ordered here.

For answers to additional frequently asked questions, please visit the Commencement website.

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Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

Feel free to choose from this selection of Harvard virtual backgrounds when attending any events on Zoom. 

College Class of 2021 background

Harvard campus backgrounds
Harvard Library backgrounds
Harvard Athletics backgrounds
Harvard Museums backgrounds

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Alumni Life Information for Graduating Seniors

All Harvard undergraduates and graduates are members of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), a dues-free organization. The HAA offers a wealth of opportunities to stay connected to Harvard and its alumni community, as well as excellent alumni benefits, including social, educational, and networking events; online learning; volunteer opportunities; and travel-study trips.

Class of 2021 and Class Volunteer Opportunities

Class of 2021, your class is the heart of your alumni activity. After graduation, your class will have a Reunion every five years. Between Reunion years, your Class or others may sponsor social events in Cambridge, around the world, and online. We encourage you to participate and take advantage of these resources. Remember to visit the class website at harvard21.com for updated information specific to your Class.

The 2021 Class Committee will continue to guide and support your Class in alumni life. You can support their efforts by volunteering to be an activities chair! Activities chairs are College alumni volunteers who support their Class Committees and bring classmates and alumni from surrounding classes together in their post-grad cities and regions, serving as key players in keeping College alumni connected to each other. Learn more at alumni.harvard.edu/college/alumni-volunteers/activities-chairs.

Harvard Alumni Community

Log in to the HAA Alumni Directory with your HarvardKey and update your profile to connect with fellow alumni. Your HarvardKey does not change after you graduate. Through community.alumni.harvard.edu, you can update your address and other biographical information and connect with alumni from across the College and University. It is important to keep your information current to receive news, events, programs, and special announcements specific to where you live.

College Alumni Programs Office

The College Alumni Programs office of the HAA serves more than 100,000 Harvard and Radcliffe College alumni. The office oversees and develops programming to preserve and maintain Harvard traditions and to create new opportunities to connect members of the Harvard community with one another and with the University. Visit alumni.harvard.edu/college for details.

Alumni Programs and Events

Learning opportunities at Harvard don’t end just because you have a degree. We invite you to take part in a variety of learning and social experiences designed to keep alumni connected with the intellectual life of the University—and to one another. These include career networking opportunities, tours at Harvard’s world-renowned museums, conversations with University leaders and administrators, and faculty lectures on everything from health care to space exploration to public service. Programs led by the HAA are in addition to the thousands of programs led by our extensive Club and Shared Interest Group networks. Alumni events are held online, on campus, and all over the world. For information on current programs, visit alumni.harvard.edu/programs-events.

Harvard Clubs

Stretching from Prague to Los Angeles to Shanghai, the nearly 200 Harvard Clubs worldwide welcome the participation of recent graduates. Joining a Harvard Club is a great way to meet new friends, establish ties across years and Schools, and stay connected to the University. Many clubs have recent graduate committees that plan social, networking, and community service activities. Some clubs are dues-free, and many offer free or reduced dues for recent graduates. Please note that the Harvard Clubs of Boston and New York City have unique membership procedures.  

For a full list of Harvard Clubs and their contact information, visit alumni.harvard.edu/clubs-directory.

Harvard Shared Interest Groups

Are you interested in connecting with recent graduates or other Harvard alumni around a particular student activity, affinity, or interest? Would you like to find other alumni who feel passionately about a specific profession or cultural pursuit? Are you looking to help strengthen your own community? HAA Shared Interest Groups connect thousands of students, recent graduates, and alumni around the world to one another and to the University through programs, events, and webinars. These organizations connect alumni to the University and to each other around shared interests, identities, professions and avocations. Examples include First Generation Harvard Alumni, Harvard Alumni in Tech, Harvard Black Alumni Society, and Harvard Alumni for Global Women’s Empowerment. 

For a full list of HAA Shared Interest Groups and their contact information, visit alumni.harvard.edu/sigs-directory.

Career Resources

As a recent graduate of Harvard College, you continue to have access to the Office of Career Services, including Crimson Careers and Firsthand Advisers. We also encourage you to use these platforms to post opportunities for and mentor students in the future. Visit ocs.fas.harvard.edu/alumni-connect-students.

The HAA also has a collection of career-related resources, including webinars led by alumni. To learn more, please visit alumni.harvard.edu/community/careers-networking.

Alumni Travel

Harvard Alumni Travels is your guide to discovering the world. After an aberrational 2020, during which we primarily traveled virtually, we are optimistically getting ready to pack our suitcases once again. As the world reopens its borders, Harvard Alumni Travels will be here for you with:

  • Educational travel programs representing alumni and Harvard friends from across the University
  • Expert Harvard faculty and local guides accompanying each trip
  • Intergenerational family adventures and Spring Break programs specially designed for alumni and students traveling together
  • Destinations to all seven continents
  • Options for all experience and activity levels, from programs off the beaten path to more traditional trips
  • Limited group sizes and protocols in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19

For more information on travel programs, virtual guides, web-hosted “Travel Talks” lectures, or helpful travel resources, please visit www.alumni.harvard.edu/travel    

Explore our 2021 & 2022 Travel Program Catalog here!

Harvard Gazette

The Harvard Gazette is the official news website for Harvard University. It covers important campus community updates; University announcements; innovations in research across science, medicine, politics, global affairs, and more; and it is also a hub for stories from University affiliates. After you graduate, you will continue to receive emails from the Harvard Gazette with the latest news. You can dive in further by visiting news.harvard.edu/gazette.

Harvard Magazine

Harvard Magazine is published six times a year. Submit a personal update via harvardmagazine.com/classnotes/submit to see your news published in the Class Notes section of the magazine. To receive the July–August 2021 issue of Harvard Magazine, which will include coverage of your graduation, please be sure your address is up to date by visiting community.alumni.harvard.edu/person. Class of 2021 copies will be mailed in the last week of June. For more information about Harvard Magazine, visit harvardmagazine.com.


For any questions, contact the HAA College Alumni Programs Office at haa_collegealumniprograms@harvard.edu.

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