The Week's Events

A list of the highlights, with links to find more

Commencement week this year includes addresses by President Drew Faust and Justice David Souter. For details and updates, visit


Tuesday, May 25

Phi Beta Kappa Exercises, at 11, with poet Doug Powell and orator Natalie Zemon Davis, historian at the University of Toronto.
Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2010 at 2, Memorial Church, followed by class picture, Widener steps.
Senior Class Family Dinner and Party, at 6. Athletic complex.


Wednesday, May 26

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, at 11, with President Drew Faust and a guest speaker TBA. Tercentenary Theatre.
Kennedy School Commencement Speaker, 2, followed by reception. Kennedy Forum.
Senior Class Day Exercises, at 2, with the Harvard and Ivy Orations and speaker Christiane Amanpour, CNN chief international correspondent. Tercentenary Theatre.
Law School Class Day, 2:30, with speaker Samantha Power, J.D. ’99, Lindh professor of practice of global leadership and public policy at the Kennedy School, senior adviser in the Obama Administration, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Holmes Field.
Business School Class Day Ceremony, 2:30, with speaker Sir Ronald Cohen, M.B.A. ’69, chair of The Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures, 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. Radcliffe Yard.
Graduate School of Design Class Day at 4, with speaker Denise Scott Brown, principal, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. Gund Hall.
Harvard University Band, Harvard Glee Club, and Radcliffe Choral Society Concert, at 8. Tercentenary Theatre.


Thursday, May 27

Commencement Day. Yard Gates open at 6:45.
The 359th Commencement Exercises, 9:45. Tercentenary Theatre.
Senior Luncheon and Diploma Ceremonies, 11:30. The Undergraduate Houses. The General Alumni Spread, 11:30. The Old Yard. The Tree Spread, for College classes of 1919-1959, 11:30. Holden Quadrangle.
Graduate School Diploma Ceremonies, from 11:30 (time varies by school). Alumni Parade, 1:45. The Old Yard. The Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, 2:30, with speeches by President Drew Faust and Justice David Souter. Tercentenary Theatre.
Medical and Dental Schools Class Day Ceremony, at 2. Speaker is Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and professor of biology at MIT and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School.

 HMS Quad- rangle.


Friday, May 28

Radcliffe Day Luncheon, 12:30, with Radcliffe Medal recipient and speaker Gloria Steinem. Radcliffe Yard.


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