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 PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer. For updates, visit or


Commencement & Reunion Guide 2006

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Monday, June 5

50th Reunion Symposia. At 2, “Aging Well”; at 3:30, class survey report, “Who We Are. What We Think.” Sanders Theatre.

50th Reunion Dinner, at 6, followed by remarks by President Summers and William C. Kirby, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Fairmont Copley Hotel, Boston.

Kennedy School Class of 2006 Picnic, 4-7. Kennedy School courtyard.


Tuesday, June 6

50th Reunion Memorial Service at 9 in Memorial Church, followed by class picture, at 10:30, Widener steps.

Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises, at 11, with orator Sean Wilentz and poet Elizabeth Alexander. Sanders Theatre.

50th Reunion Lunch at noon, with address by Geraldine Brooks, Schuyler fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Radcliffe Yard.

Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2006 and their families, at 2. Tercentenary Theatre, followed by senior class picture, at 4, Widener steps.

50th Reunion Poetry Reading and Concert. At 2, poet Jean Valentine ’56; at 2:45, American music medley performed by Paul Sperry ’56 and Laurence Berman ’56.

50th Reunion Symposium, 2:45, “Higher Education in the Twenty-first Century.” Alice Cooper Crozier.

Kennedy School Class Day Awards Ceremony, 1-4. Speaker TBA. Kennedy Forum.

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

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

Divinity School Alumni Dinner, 5:30. Awards presentation and remarks by Dean William A. Graham. Tickets required. Harvard Club of Boston, Commonwealth Avenue.


Wednesday, June 7

Divinity School Alumni Day begins at 9. Panel discussions and a luncheon. Speakers and location TBA.

50th Reunion Symposia. At 9, “Prospects for Peace in a Turbulent World”; at 10:45, “Globalization: Sorting Facts from Fiction.” Sanders Theatre. Also at 10:45 at the Science Center, “Biodiversity: The Future of Life.”

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, at 11. Address by President Summers and Col. Kenneth Girvan Swan ’56. 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.

Senior Class Day Exercises at 2, with the Harvard and Ivy Orations and a guest speaker,humorist Seth MacFarlane, creator of the television shows Family Guy and American Dad. Tercentenary Theatre. (For more information, see:

Kennedy School Commencement Address, time and speaker TBA. Kennedy Forum.

50th Reunion Symposium, 2:15. “Russia and China Today.” Sanders Theatre.

Law School Class Day Ceremony, 2:30. Speaker TBA. Reception at 4. Holmes Field.

Business School Class Day, 2:30-6, with speaker Henry M. Paulson Jr., M.B.A. ’70, chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Baker Library.

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Masters’ 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, at 4, reception to follow. Gund Hall.

25th Reunion Welcome Dinner, 5:30. Location TBA.

35th Reunion Welcome Dinner, 6:30, Tent in front of Holworthy.

50th Reunion Symposium, at 8, “Fifty Years of Athletics at Harvard.” Fenway Park.

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

Thursday, June 8
Commencement Day

Yard Gates open at 6:45.

Law School Breakfast at 7. Jarvis Field tent.

Business School degree candidates assemble at 6:30. 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.

Academic and Alumni Procession begins, 8:30. The Old Yard.

Medical School Class of 1981 Symposia, 8-5. Registration required. Tosteson Medical Education Center.

The 355th Commencement Exercises, 9:45. Tercentenary Theatre.

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

Senior Luncheon and Diploma Ceremonies, 11:30. Undergraduate Houses.

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

The Tree Spread, for College classes of 1918-1955, 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.

Kennedy School Diploma Ceremony. Processional at 11:30, 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 and garden.

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

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

Extension School Diploma Ceremony, 11:45-1:15. Loeb Drama Center.

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

The Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, 2:30, with speeches by President Summers and Jim Lehrer. Tercentenary Theatre.

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 a speech by Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kresge Courtyard.

Division of Medical Sciences Hooding Ceremony and Reception, 5-6:30. Amphitheater in the new research building.

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

Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus Annual Commencement Dinner. Cocktails at 5, followed by dinner and guest speaker James Esseks, J.D. ’91, discussing “LGBT Civil Rights and the Courts.” Reservations required for the dinner. Visit for further details.


Friday, June 9

35th Reunion Symposia. At 8:30, “U.S. Global Challenges Post-Iraq,” “Where We Stand: United or Divided,” “Higher Education,” and “Aging Gracefully.” At 10:30, “Global Governance and Economy,” “The U.S. Social and Economic Agenda,” “The Global Environment,” and “The Experience of Illness.” Locations TBA.

Radcliffe Commemorative Service, at 9. Cassandra Chrones Moore ’56 leads the service; Alice Randall ’81 is the speaker. Memorial Church.

25th Reunion Symposia, 9-10:15. “Yard Work: The Harvard Community’s Opportunities beyond Cambridge,” and “The Power of Narrative: Shaping Perceptions across Cultures.” Science Center.

25th Reunion Address, 10:30, by President Summers. Location TBA.

Radcliffe Awards Symposium, 10:15-12:30. “Women, Power, and Change: How Far Have We Come?” with Susan Faludi ’81, Amy Gutmann ’71, Ph.D. ’76, Jane Roland Martin ’51, Ed.M. ’56, Ph.D. ’61, BI ’81, Judith Lewis Herman ’64, M.D. ’68, BI ’85, RI ’02, Elaine Pagels, Ph.D. ’70, and Jehane Noujaim ’96. 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.

Radcliffe Association Luncheon, 12:45, with an address by Linda Greenhouse ’68, Supreme Court correspondent and senior writer at the New York Times and recipient of the 2006 Radcliffe Institute Medal. Registration required. All alumnae and alumni and their guests are welcome. Radcliffe Yard.

25th Reunion Life Dialogues, 2-3:15. Classmates and their partners are invited to attend facilitated discussions on issues of common concern and fo-cus. Science Center.

35th Reunion Memorial Service, 2:30, in Memorial Church, followed by the class picture, at 4, on the Widener steps.

35th Reunion Address, 5:45, by President Summers. Science Center.

Saturday, June 10

Dental School Alumni Day starts at 10. Brunch, awards ceremony, and panel discussion. Harvard Dental School building.

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


A weekend seminar on “Biomedical Innovations and Public Health,” open to all University and College alumni and sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, is being presented at the Harvard Club of Boston on Commonwealth Avenue on June 9 and 10. Visit for additional information.

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;; or

For information on Radcliffe reunions, contact the Office of Alumnae Services, 10 Garden Street, 617-495-8641/496-6095; or

For Medical Area symposia and other events, contact Jean Hurd, 617-384-8520.

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




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