The Week’s Events

Commencement week includes addresses by Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust and entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg, M.B.A. ’66. For details, visit


Tuesday, May 27

Phi Beta Kappa Exercises, at 11, with poet Donald Revell and orator Andrea Barrett, a novelist and short-story writer. Sanders Theatre.

Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2014, at 2, Memorial Church, followed by class photo, Widener steps.

Class of 2014 Family Dinner and Party, at 6. Tickets required. Athletic complex.


Wednesday, May 28

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, at 11:30, with President Faust and a guest speaker. Tercentenary Theatre.

Kennedy School Commencement Address, at 2, by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, J.D. ’99. JFK Park.

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

Law School Class Day, 2:30, featuring U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara ’90 and actress/comedian/writer Mindy Kaling. Holmes Field.

Business School Class Day Ceremony, 2:30, with speaker Salman A. Khan, M.B.A. ’03, founder and executive director of the Khan Academy. Baker Lawn.

Graduate School of Design Class Day, at 4, with guest speaker Michael R. Van Valkenburgh, Eliot professor in practice of landscape architecture and founding principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Gund Hall lawn.

Graduate School of Public Health Award Celebration, 4-7. Kresge Courtyard.

Graduate School of Education Convocation, 3-4:30, with Colorado state senator Mike Johnston, Ed.M. ’00. Radcliffe Yard.

Divinity School Multireligious Service of Thanksgiving 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 29

Commencement Day. Gates open at 6:45.

The 363rd Commencement Exercises, 9:45. Tickets required. Tercentenary Theatre.

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

The Tree Spread, for the College classes through 1963, 11:30. Tickets required. Holden Quadrangle.

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

College Diploma Presentation Ceremonies and Luncheons at noon. The Undergraduate Houses.

GSAS Luncheon and Reception, 11:30 to 3. Tickets required. Behind Perkins Hall.

Alumni Procession, 1:45. The Old Yard.

The Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), 2:30, includes remarks by HAA president Catherine A. Gellert ’93, President Faust, and Commencement speaker Michael R. Bloomberg; Overseer and HAA director election results; and Harvard Medal presentations. Tercentenary Theatre.

Graduate School of Public Health Award Ceremony at 2 with guest speaker Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Medical and Dental Schools Class Day Ceremony, at noon, with guest speaker Vivek Murthy ’98, HMS instructor, co-founder of Doctors for America, and, at press time, the nominee for U.S. Surgeon General.


Friday, May 30

Radcliffe Day celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of the Radcliffe Institute and 135 years of Radcliffe. A 12:30 luncheon honors President Faust, who will also deliver the keynote address and receive the 2014 Radcliffe Medal. Three panel discussions explore “From Civil War to Civil Rights: The Unending Battle to Vote,” “Gender and the Business of Fiction,” and “What is Life? The Science and Ethics of Making New Life in the Laboratory.” A cocktail celebration follows at 5:15, Radcliffe Yard. Tickets required.

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