The Events of the Week

The many rituals of graduation peak on Commencement day, which this year includes addresses by President Lawrence H. Summers and actor John A. Lithgow ’67. For updated schedules, visit or


Commencement &
Reunion Guide

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Passing the Baton
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Commencement Calendar

Monday, June 6

50th Reunion Symposiums. At 1:15, “Harvard Today”; at 3:15, “Fifty Years in the Media: From Print and TV to the Internet.” Sanders Theatre.

Kennedy School Class of 2005 Picnic, 4-7, Kennedy School courtyard.

50th Reunion Dinner, at 7. Science Center tent, followed by remarks, starting at 8:30, by President Summers and William C. Kirby, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


Tuesday, June 7

Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises, at 11, with orator John M. Deutch, who will speak about Iraq. Sanders Theatre.

50th Reunion Symposiums. At 1:15, “So You Want to Live Forever? Keeping the Young-Old Healthy”; at 3:15, “The Place of Religion in American Culture, Society, and Politics.” Sanders Theatre. 3:15, “Highlights of a Medical-Scientific Career.” Science Center C.

Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2005 and their families, at 2. Tercentenary Theatre, followed by senior class picture, at 4, Widener steps.

Radcliffe Class of 1955 Exhibition opens at 2. Agassiz House.

Kennedy School Class Day Awards Ceremony, 1-4. Speaker to be announced. Kennedy Forum.

Senior Class Family Dinner and Party at 6. Reservations and tickets required. Next to the Palmer Dixon Courts.

Harvard Extension Alumni Banquet, cocktail reception at 6; dinner and program at 7. Advance reservations required. Quincy House.

Divinity School Alumni/ae Dinner, 5:30-8:30. Awards presentation and remarks by Dean William A. Graham. Tickets required. Downtown Harvard Club, 1 Federal Street.


Wednesday, June 8

Divinity School Alumni/ae Day, with faculty speaker at 9, Andover Chapel. Panel discussions: at 10, “Religion, Politics, and Pluralism”; and at 2, “Religion, the Courts, and Culture.” Andover Hall.

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

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony at 11. Speakers: President Summers, retired U.S. Air Force colonel John W. “Bill” Small ’55, and U.S. Army captain Vincent Tuohey ’01. Memorial Church steps.

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

Law School Alumni Spread, at noon. Tickets required. Jarvis Field tent.

50th Reunion Symposiums. At 1:15, “Varieties of Leadership in the Service of the Public”; 3:15, “1955 Speaks Out on Public Service.” Sanders Theatre.

Senior Class Day Exercises at 2, with the Harvard and Ivy Orations and a guest speaker, to be announced. Tercentenary Theatre.

Kennedy School Commencement Address, at 2. Speaker to be announced. Kennedy Forum.

Law School Class Day Ceremony, 2:30-4. Speaker to be announced. Holmes Field Stage.

Business School Class Day, 3-4:30. Lawn in front of Baker Library.

Division of Medical Sciences Alumni Symposium, 3-5. Speaker: Dean emeritus Daniel C. Tosteston ’46, M.D. ’48. Registration required. Armenise Building.

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

Law School Reception, 4-6. Holmes Field tent.

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

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

Graduate School of Design Address, 4:30, reception to follow. Gund Hall.

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

35th Reunion Welcome Dinner, 6:30, Cronkhite Center.

Harvard University Band, Harvard Glee Club, and Radcliffe Choral Society Concert, at 8. Tercentenary Theatre. Free and open to the public.


Thursday, June 9 — Commencement Day

Yard Gates open at 6:45.

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

Business School degree candidates assemble at 7. Kresge tent.

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

Senior Chapel Service, at 8. Memorial Church.

Alumni/ae Procession begins, 8:30. Academic procession follows, 9:05. The Old Yard.

Medical School Class of 1978 Symposiums, 9-5. Registration required. Tosteson Medical Education Center.

The 354th Commencement Exercises, 9:45. Tercentenary Theatre.

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

The General Alumni Spread, 11:30. Tickets required. Old Yard.

The Tree Spread, for College classes of 1918-1954, 11:30. Alumni are guests of the College; all others must reserve a ticket. Holden Quadrangle.

Divinity School Luncheon, 11:30, followed by diploma ceremonies at 1. Andover lawn.

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

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

Senior Luncheon and Diploma Ceremonies, at noon. The Undergraduate Houses.

Kennedy School 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. Tickets required. Gund Hall.

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

Medical School Class Day Ceremony, with luncheon at noon, followed by presentation of diplomas and a speaker, Atul A. Gawande, M.D. ’95, M.P.H. ’99. Medical School Quadrangle.

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

Extension School Certificate Ceremonies, at 1. Lowell Hall.

Extension School Diploma Ceremonies, 1:30. Loeb Drama Center.

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. Academic procession, followed by reception at 5. Kresge courtyard, across from Countway Library.

The Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, 2:30, with speeches by President Summers and actor John A. Lithgow ’67. Tercentenary Theatre.

Radcliffe Dean’s Dinner, 6-9, with Drew Gilpin Faust, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Registration required. Cronkhite Center.

School of Dental Medicine Commencement Banquet, at 6. By invitation only. Westin Copley Place Hotel.

Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus Annual Commencement Dinner, at 7, followed by guest speaker Keith Boykin, J.D. ’92, at 8. Reservations required for the dinner. Visit [email protected] for further details.

Friday, June 10

Radcliffe Commemorative Service, at 9. Regina Gittes Greenspun ’55 leads the service; Karen Spencer Kelly ’80 is the speaker. Memorial Church.

25th Reunion Symposiums, 9-10:30. “The Role of the Media in Shaping Our Perceptions” and “The Role Hollywood Plays in Today’s Society.” Science Center.

35th Reunion Symposiums, 10:15-noon. Location to be announced.

Radcliffe Association Symposium, 10:15-12:30. “Discovering Different Truths: In Search of Common Ground” with Anne Fadiman ’75; Ursula Kerzel Oppens ’65; Katharine Fergenson Sreedhar ’55; Susan Lindquist, Ph.D. ’76; Rita C. Sagalyn, A.M. ’50; Jennifer S. Frautischi ’95; 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. Agassiz Theatre, Radcliffe Yard.

25th Reunion Address, 10:30, by President Summers. Science Center.

Radcliffe Association Luncheon, 12:45, with an address by architect Denise Scott Brown, recipient of the 2005 Radcliffe Institute Medal. Registration required. All alumnae and alumni and their guests are welcome. Radcliffe Yard.

25th Reunion Life Dialogues, at 2. Classmates and partners are invited to attend facilitated discussions. Science Center.

35th Reunion Memorial Service, at 3, in Memorial Church, followed by class picture, at 3:45, Widener steps.


Saturday, June 11

Dental School Alumni Day, 9-noon. Brunch, seminar, and awards ceremony. Harvard Medical School conference center.

25th Reunion Memorial Service, at 10, in Memorial Church, followed by class picture, 11:30, Widener steps.

For further 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; [email protected]; or

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

For Medical Area symposiums, contact Patrick Rivera, 617-384-8521, or visit

The Harvard Information Center, Holyoke Center, is open every day but Sunday, 9 to 5. Telephone: 617-495-1573.

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