The Week's Events

View the official Commencement program, listing events for the College class of 2009.

The rituals of graduation peak on Commencement day, which this year includes addresses by President Drew Faust and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. For further details and updates, visit or 

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50th Reunion Presentations, 1:30. Jane Mendillo, president and CEO of Harvard Management Company, reports on the University endowment; a discussion with dean of admissions and financial aid William Fitzsimmons follows. Science Center.

50th Reunion Address and Dinner, at 5, remarks by President Drew Faust and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith. Sanders Theatre. Dinner at 7, Science Center tent.

Harvard Kennedy School Class of 2009 Picnic, 4-7. HKS Courtyard.



50th Reunion Memorial Service, 9:3o. Memorial Church.

Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises, at 11, with poet Albert Goldbarth and orator James Engell, Gurney professor of English literature and professor of comparative literature.

50th Reunion Symposiums. At 1:30, “Environmental Change”; at 3:15, “Staying Healthy through Our 75th Class Reunion.” Sanders Theatre.

Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2009 and their families, at 2. Tercentenary Theatre, followed by senior class picture, Widener steps.

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

Senior Class Family Dinner and Party, at 6. Reservations and tickets required. Athletic complex.

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



ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, at 11:30, with President Drew Faust and General David Petraeus. Tercentenary Theatre.

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

Divinity School Luncheon, at 1. Andover Lawn.

50TH REUNION SYMPOSIUMS. At 1:30, “The Future of the Global Economy”; at 3:15, “Understanding America and the World.” Sanders Theatre.

Senior Class Day Exercises, at 2, with the Harvard and Ivy Orations and NBC broadcast journalist Matt Lauer as guest speaker. Tercentenary Theatre.

Kennedy School Commencement at 2, with guest speaker Kathleen Sebelius, governor of Kansas and nominee for U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Kennedy Forum.

Law School Class Day, 2:30, with speaker Elena Kagan, J.D. ’86, Solicitor General of the United States and former dean of the school. Holmes Field.

Business School Class Day Ceremony, 2:30, with speaker Jamie Dimon, M.B.A. ’82, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, followed by a reception at 4. Baker Lawn.

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

Graduate School of Education Convocation, at 3. Welcome by Dean Kathleen McCartney, among others, and award presentations. Radcliffe Yard.

Graduate School of Design Class Day at 4, with a reception to follow. Speaker to be announced. Gund Hall.

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




Yard Gates open at 6:45.

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Breakfast, at 7. Lawn behind Perkins Hall.

Senior Chapel Service, at 8. Memorial Church.

Alumni Procession, 8:30. The Old Yard.

Academic Procession, 8:50. The Old Yard.

Medical School Faculty Symposium, 9-noon. “Healthcare Policy,” with faculty panelists. Registration required. Tosteson Medical Education Center.

Medical School Class of 1984 Reunion Symposium, 9-4:30. “From 1984 to the Brave New World—Journeys in Medicine.” Tosteson Medical Center.

The 358th Commencement Exercises, 9:45. Tercentenary Theatre.

Divinity School Diploma Ceremonies, at noon. Memorial Church. Lunch at 1, Andover Lawn.

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

Senior Luncheon and Diploma Ceremonies, 11:45. The Undergraduate Houses.

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

The Tree Spread, for College classes of 1919-1958, noon. Alumni are guests of the College; all others must reserve a ticket. Holden Quadrangle.

Law School Luncheon and Diploma Ceremony, 11:45. Holmes Field.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony, 11:30, in Sanders Theatre, followed by a champagne reception and luncheon on the lawn behind Perkins Hall.

Extension School Diploma Ceremony, at noon. Loeb Drama Center.

Kennedy School Diploma Ceremony, 12:15, followed by luncheon. By ticket only. JFK Park.

Graduate School of Design Diploma Ceremony, 12:15. A luncheon follows. Gund Hall.

Graduate School of Education Diploma Ceremony, 12:15. Radcliffe Yard.

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

Alumni Parade, 1:30. The Old Yard, in front of Harvard Hall.

The Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, 2:30, with speeches by President Drew Faust and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Tercentenary Theatre.

Business School Reception for graduates and guests, 3-4:30. Shad Auditorium tent.

School of Public Health Diploma Ceremony, 2:30. Academic procession, followed by an address by author and surgeon Atul Gawande, M.P.H. ’99. Kresge Courtyard.

Medical and Dental Schools Class Day Ceremony, at 2, with guest speaker Stephen J. Bergman ("Samuel Shem")  ’66, M.D. ’73, novelist and author of The House of God. HMS Quadrangle.

Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus Annual Commencement Dinner. Cocktails at 5, followed by dinner and guest speaker Evelynn Hammonds, dean of the College and Rosenkrantz professor of the history of science and of African and African American studies. Lowell House. Reservations required for dinner. For details, visit



25th Reunion Symposia Day, 9-4. “Searching for Meaning—25 Years Later.” Sanders Theatre.

Radcliffe Commemorative Service, at 9. Christ Church Cambridge, Zero Garden Street.

Medical School Alumni Day, 9-12. The alumni association’s annual meeting, followed by a presentation (“Doctors as Writers”), remarks by Dean Jeffrey Flier, a luncheon, and class photos. HMS Quadrangle.

Radcliffe Awards Symposium, 10:15-noon. “Seeking Harmony in a Tumultuous World: How Does an Individual Make a Difference?” moderated by Joan Meschino ’87 with alumnae panelists. With presentation of the Alumnae Recognition Awards, the Jane Rainie Opel ’50 Young Alumna Award, and the inaugural Radcliffe Fellowship Award. Loeb Drama Center.

Radcliffe Institute Annual Luncheon, 12:30, with an address by Sandra Day O’Connor, former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and recipient of the 2009 Radcliffe Institute Medal. Registration required. Radcliffe Yard.

25th Reunion Symposia and Life Dialogues, at 2. Location to be announced.

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For updates on Harvard reunions, Radcliffe Day, and events for graduating seniors, visit, or contact the Harvard Alumni Association (124 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge) at 617-495-2555; [email protected]; or Information on all other professional or graduate school events may be found at their respective websites.

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


Shared Interest Group Gatherings

Friday, June 5

Alumnae and Friends of Radcliffe College, at 2:30. Radcliffe Gym, Room 112.

Saturday, June 6

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Reunion Reception, at 2. Straus Hall Common Room.

Harvardwood Third Annual Reunion Mixer, at 2. Tommy Doyle’s.

Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization Meet and Greet, at 3. Legal Seafoods Outdoor Bar, The Charles Hotel.

Harvard Humanist Alumni Reunion, at 3. Casablanca Café.

Science Fiction Alumni Reunion, at 3. Sever Hall.

Harvard Black Alumni Society Seventh Annual Reunion Reception, at 3. Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall.

Harvard Jewish Alumni Network Reception, at 4. Smith Hall, Harvard Hillel.

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