The Events of the Week

The many rituals of graduation peak on Commencement day, which this year will include addresses delivered by President Lawrence H. Summers and Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, former president of Mexico. For updated schedules, visit


Photograph by Jim Harrison


50th Reunion Symposium, 1:30-4. "Where Have We Been in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century?"

50th Reunion Dinner, at 7. Annenberg Hall, followed by remarks, starting at 8:30, by President Summers and William C. Kirby, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Sanders Theatre.



Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises, at 11, with orator Ruth J. Simmons and poet Mary Oliver. Sanders Theatre.

Baccalaureate Services for graduating seniors, at 4. Memorial Church.

Senior Class Picture, following the services. Widener steps.

50th Reunion Symposium, 1:30-4. "Some Unique Journeys on the Way to the Fiftieth."

Kennedy School Class Day Ceremony, 1-4. ARCO Forum.

Senior Class Family Dinner and Picnic, 6-8. Reservations required. Complimentary for graduating seniors. Additional tickets $15 each. Athletic area.

Harvard Extension Alumni Banquet, at 6. Advance reservations required. Quincy House.

Divinity School Reunions Reception and Dinner, from 6. Guest speaker Krister Stendahl, former dean of the school. Museum of Science, Boston.


Photograph by Jim Harrison


Divinity School Alumni/ae Day, with worship at 9, Andover Hall Chapel; symposium at 10, "How Religion is Treated in the Media," followed by a luncheon on the Andover Hall lawn at noon.

50th Reunion Memorial Service, 9:15 in the Memorial Church, followed by class photo, at 10:15, Widener Library steps.

Radcliffe Association Annual Meeting, at 10. Agassiz Theatre. (Please note the meeting's day and time change.)

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony at 11. Speaker Roger C. Taylor '53. Memorial Church steps.

Business School Class Day Events, 3-6, for students and guests. Speaker to be announced.

Senior Class Day Luncheon, at noon. The Old Yard.

Law School Alumni Spread, 12-2. Tickets required. Jarvis Field tent.

50th Reunion Symposium, "Quo Vadis: The Future through a Crystal Ball."

Senior Class Day Exercises, at 2, with the Harvard and Ivy Orations and an address by comedian Will Ferrell. Tercentenary Theatre.

Law School Class Day Ceremony, 2-4. Speaker to be announced. Holmes Field.

Division of Medical Sciences Alumni Symposium on Neurosciences, 3-5. Registration required. Cannon Room, Building C.

Kennedy School Commencement Address, time and speaker to be announced. ARCO Forum.

Masters' Receptions, time varies by House, for members of the senior class and guests. The Undergraduate Houses.

Law School Reception, 4-6. Jarvis Field.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Reception, 4-6. Dudley House.

Divinity School Graduation Worship Service, 4:30. Memorial Church. Reception immediately following on the Andover lawn.

25th Reunion Welcome Family-Style Dinner, 5:30. Science Center tent.

35th Reunion Dinner Reception, 7-10. Holworthy Hall Tent (Old Yard).

Graduate School of Design Reception, 5:30-7:30. Gund Hall.

Band and Glee Club Concert, at 8. Tercentenary Theatre. Free and open to the public.

Law School Class Final Bash, 8:30-midnight. Jarvis Field tent.


Photographs by Jim Harrison


Law School Champagne Breakfast, at 7. Jarvis Field tent.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Breakfast, 7:15. Lawn in front of the Peabody Museum.

Business School degree candidates assemble, at 7. Kresge tent.

Yard Gates open, at 7.

Senior Chapel Service, 8:15. Memorial Church.

Alumni/ae Procession begins, 8:45. Academic procession follows, 9:05. The Old Yard.

Medical School Class of 1978 Symposiums, all day. Registration required. Tosteson Medical Education Center.

The 352d Commencement Exercises, at 10. Tercentenary Theatre.

Business School Luncheon, 11:30, for graduates and their guests. Tickets required. Kresge tent and boardroom.

GSAS Diploma-Awarding Ceremony, 11:45, in Sanders Theatre, followed by champagne reception and luncheon on the lawn in front of the Peabody Museum.

The General Alumni Spread, 11:45. The Old Yard.

Luncheon and Diploma Ceremonies for seniors, at noon. The Undergraduate Houses.

The Tree Spread, for College classes of 1918-1952, at noon. Alumni are guests of the College; all others must purchase a ticket. Holden Quadrangle.

Kennedy School of Government Diploma Ceremony, at noon. Processional, followed by ceremony and luncheon. By ticket only. JFK Park.

Graduate School of Design Diploma Ceremony, at noon. A luncheon follows. Gund Hall.

Divinity School Luncheon, at noon, followed by the presentation of diplomas at 1:30. Andover lawn.

Graduate School of Education Diploma Ceremony, at noon. Radcliffe Yard.

Law School Luncheon and Diploma Ceremony, 11:30. Holmes Field.

Medical School Class Day Ceremony, with luncheon at noon, followed by presentation of diplomas at 2. Medical School Quadrangle.

Business School Diploma Ceremony, 12:30. Baker Lawn.

Extension School Diploma Ceremonies, at 1. Loeb Drama Center.

Extension School Certificate Ceremonies, at 1. Lowell Hall.

Alumni Parade begins at 1:45. The Old Yard, in front of Harvard Hall.

Business School Reception, for graduates, guests, faculty members, and staff, 2:30-4. Kresge tent.

School of Public Health Diploma Ceremony, 2:30, with a speech by Mamphela Ramphele, managing director of the World Bank. Kresge Courtyard.

The Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, 2:30, with speeches by President Summers and the former president of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León. Tercentenary Theatre.

25th Reunion Class Picture, at 5. Widener steps.

Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus Annual Commencement Dinner, 6:30., followed by a talk by Evan Wolfson, J.D. '83, at 8. Reservations required for dinner. Visit for details.

Radcliffe Dean's Dinner, 6-9, with Drew Gilpin Faust, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Registration required. Greenleaf House tent, 76 Brattle Street.

School of Dental Medicine Commencement Banquet, at 6. By reservation only. Boston Marriott.



35th Reunion Class Picture, 9:45. Widener steps.

25th Reunion Symposiums, 9:15-11:30 and 2:15-4. Science Center classrooms.

35th Reunion Symposiums, 10:15-noon and 1:30-3. Location to be announced.

35th Reunion Memorial Service, 3:15. Memorial Church.

25th Reunion Address, at 5 by President Summers. Gordon Track.

Radcliffe Commemorative Service, at 9. Diane Sherlock '78, speaker. Ruth I. Abrams '53 leads the service. Memorial Church.

Radcliffe Association Symposium, 10:15-12:15. "Women in a Violent World: Searching for Solutions," with Linda Greenhouse '68, Perri Klass '78, M.D. '86, Brenda Maddox '53, Martha Minow, Ed.M. '76, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D. '79, Katya Fels '93, and moderator Judith Farris Bowman '61. Loeb Drama Center. Presentation of Distinguished Service Awards, the Alumnae Recognition Awards, the Graduate Society Medal, and the Jane Rainie Opel '50 Young Alumna Award.

Radcliffe Association Luncheon, 12:45, with an address by author Margaret Atwood, A.M. '62, the recipient of the 2003 Radcliffe Medal. Registration required. Radcliffe Yard.



25th Reunion Session, with an address at 9 by Drew Gilpin Faust, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Sanders Theatre.

25th Reunion Memorial Service, at 10. Memorial Church.

35th Reunion Luncheon, 12:30, with an address by Dean Drew Gilpin Faust, 1:30-2:30. Radcliffe Quadrangle.

35th Reunion Gala Reception and Dinner at 6. Annenberg Hall.


For details about Harvard reunions and events for graduating seniors, contact the Harvard Alumni Association, 124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th floor, Cambridge 02138, at 617-495-2555;; or

For information on Radcliffe reunions, contact the Radcliffe Association Office, 79 Brattle Street, 617-495-8641;; or

For details about pre-registration for Medical Area symposiums, contact Nora Nercessian at 617-432-1560 or

The Harvard Information Center, Holyoke Center, is open Monday through Saturday, 9 to 4:45, and can be reached at 617-495-1573.        

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