The Week’s Events

Commencement week addresses by Harvard president Drew Faust and media entrepreneur and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. For details and updates, visit

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Tuesday, May 28

Phi Beta Kappa Exercises, at 11, with poet August Kleinzahler, author of the award-winning Sleeping It Off in Rapid City, and orator Linda Greenhouse ’68, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Sanders Theatre.

Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2013, at 2, Memorial Church, followed by class picture, Widener steps.

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

Wednesday, May 29

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, at 11, with President Drew Faust and the guest speaker, Lieutenant Colonel David R. Downer ’63 (U.S. Air Force, now retired). Tercentenary Theatre.

Kennedy School Commencement Address, at 2, by Geoffrey Canada, Ed.M. ’75, L.H.D. ’01, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, followed by a reception at JFK Park.

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

Law School Class Day, 2:30, with lawyer, author, and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin ’82, J.D. ’86, as the guest speaker, followed by a reception. Holmes Field.

Business School Class Day Ceremony, 2:30, with guest speaker Ann Moore, M.B.A. ’78, former chairman and chief executive officer of Time, Inc., followed by a reception at 4. Baker Lawn.

Graduate School of Design Class Day, at 1, with speaker Richard Saul Wurman, architect, graphic designer, and creator of the TED conference, followed by a reception. Gund Hall.

Graduate School of Education Convocation, at 3, with civil-rights leader James Meredith as speaker. Radcliffe Yard.

Divinity School Multireligious Service of Thanksgiving for the Class of 2013, at 4. Memorial Church.

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

Masters’ Receptions for seniors and guests, at 5. The Undergraduate Houses.

Harvard University Band, Harvard Glee Club, and Radcliffe Choral Society Concert, at 8. Tercentenary Theatre.

Thursday, May 30

Commencement Day. Gates open at 6:45.

The 362nd Commencement Exercises, 9:45. Tercentenary Theatre. Tickets required.

All Alumni Spread, 11:30. The Old Yard. Tickets available at

The Tree Spread, for the College classes of 1919 through 1962, 11:30. Holden Quadrangle. Tickets required.

Graduate School Diploma Ceremonies, from 11:30 (time varies by school).

GSAS Luncheon and Reception, 11:30 to 3. Gropius Lawns, behind Perkins Hall, 35 Oxford Street. Tickets required.

Alumni Procession, 1:45. The Old Yard.

The Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), 2:30, featuring a welcome from HAA president Carl F. Muller ’73, J.D.-M.B.A. ’76; Overseer and HAA director election results; Harvard Medal presentations; and speeches by President Drew Gilpin Faust and Commencement speaker Oprah Winfrey. Tercentenary Theatre.

Medical and Dental Schools Class Day Ceremony, at noon, with speaker Harvey Fineberg ’67, M.D. ’71, M.P.P. ’72, Ph.D. ’80, president of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Friday, May 31

Radcliffe Day panel discussion at 10:30. “From Artist to Audience” will be moderated by Diane Paulus ’88, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater and professor of the practice of theater; the panelists are Elizabeth Alexander, RI ’08, Beverly McIver, RI ’03, Mark Robbins, RI ’03, and Augusta Read Thomas, BI ’91.

Luncheon at 12:30, with a speech by this year’s Radcliffe Medal recipient, actor and arts advocate Jane Alexander. Tickets are required. (For additional details on the day’s events, including how to register, visit

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