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Harvard Commencement 2022

Harvard Commencement week guide

May-June 2022

Harvard undergraduates standing happily in Commencement regalia

Celebratory students at Commencement 

Photograph by Jim Harrison


Celebratory students at Commencement 

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Commencement week this year celebrates the University's 2022 graduates, along with memebers of the classes of 2020 and 2021 who missed out on campus festivities because of the pandemic. For updates on events, visit www.commencement.harvard.edu

 Tuesday, May 24

Phi Beta Kappa Exercises, at 11, with orator Theda Skocpol, Thomas professor of government and sociology, and guest poet Forrest Gander. Memorial Hall.

Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2022, at 2 (location TBA), followed by class photo (Widener Library steps)

Black Graduation, Latinx Graduaton, and Next Gen/FGLI+ Graduation, details TBA. (Details also TBA for the Lavender Graduation.)

Class of 2022 Family Reception, at 5. Science Center plaza.

Harvard University Band and Choruses Concert, at 8. Tercentenary Theatre.

Wednesday, May 25

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, at 11, with President Lawrence S. Bacow and guest speaker TBA. Tercentenary Theatre.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Convocation at 11, with South African activist and politician Mamphela Ramphele. Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Boston.

College Class Day Picnic, at noon.The Old Yard.

College Class Day Exercises, at 2, with speaker TBA, Harvard and Ivy Orations, and remarks by incoming Harvard Alumni Association president Allyson Mendenhall ’90, M.L.A. ’99. Tercentenary Theatre.

Harvard Kennedy School Graduation Address, at 2. Guest speaker Moldova President Maia Sandu, M.C./M.P.A. ’10. JFK Memorial Park.

Law School Class Day, 2:30, with featured speaker former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, J.D. ’84. Holmes Field.

Business School Class Day Ceremony, 2:30, with Robert L. Ryan, M.B.A. ’70, former senior VP/CFO Medtronic Inc.; former VP/CFO Union Texas Petroleum. Baker Lawn.

Graduate School of Education Convocation, 3:30, with speaker Juliana Urtubey, named 2021 National Teacher of the Year. Radcliffe Yard.

Graduate School of Design Class Day, 3:30, with Conant University Professor Danielle Allen. Gund Hall backyard tent.

Divinity School Multireligious Commencement Service for the Class of 2022, 3:30. Memorial Church.

Dudley Community Reception, at 4. Residence of Dean Katherine G. O’Dair.

Faculty Deans’ Receptions, at 5. Undergraduate Houses.

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

Thursday, May 26

Commencement Day. Harvard Yard gates open at 6:45.

Academic Procession, 8:50. The Old Yard.

The 371st Commencement Exercises, 9:45, with speaker New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Tercentenary Theatre.

Luncheons and diploma-awarding ceremonies, at noon. Undergraduate Houses, and the graduate and professional schools (various locations).

Harvard Extension School Class of 2022 Ceremony and Reception, 12-4. Harvard Museum of Natural History courtyard.

Harvard Medical and Dental Schools Class Day Ceremony. Luncheon at noon, followed by ceremony and a speech by HMS associate professor Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer for Partners In Health. HMS Quad.

Harvard University Native American Program Indigenous Graduation Ceremony, time and location TBA.

Friday, May 27

Radcliffe Day. Panel discussion, “Higher Education Access and the American Workforce,” at 10:30, followed by a ceremony and keynote conversation between this year’s Radcliffe Medal honoree Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel emerita of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and former HLS dean and 300th Anniversary University Professor Martha Minow.

Panel moderator, Ackerman professor of public economics and director of Opportunity Insights Raj Chetty leads a discussion with: director and research professor of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Anthony P. Carnevale; CEO of the National Education Equity Lab Leslie Cornfield ’81, J.D. ’85; Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger; MSNBC host Rachel Maddow; and University of Miami Trustee professor of political science and health policy Donna Shalala.

Saturday, May 28

Annenberg Brunch, 10a.m.-2 p.m. College classes of 2020 and 2021. Memorial Hall.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Graduation Ceremony, classes of 2020 and 2021, at 10. Speaker Jon LaPook, CBS News chief medical correspondent and Mebane professor of gastroenterology, NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Harvard Graduate School of Education Commencement Ceremony, classes of 2020 and 2021, at 10. Radcliffe Yard.

 Harvard Kennedy School Degree Program Celebrations, at 2, and Graduates Reception, 4-6. Locations TBA.

Harvard Law School “Around Campus Tour,” at 2, and an evening “Welcome Back Bash” (at the Sheraton Commander Hotel).

House and Dudley Community Receptions, College classes of 2020 and 2021, at 4:30. Locations TBA. 

Class Day Dinner for Classes of 2020 and 2021, at 6:30. Details TBA.

Sunday, May 29

House and Dudley Community Champagne Toast, at 6. Locations and programming details TBA.

University-wide Commencement Ceremony, at 8, with speaker U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland ’74, J.D. ’77. Graduates of 2020 and 2021 and their guests. Tercentenary Theatre.

House and Dudley Community Recognition and Luncheon, at 11. Locations TBA.

Harvard Law School Diploma Ceremony, at noon, with speaker TBA. 

Medical and Dental Schools Make-Up Class Day Ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021. Luncheon followed by ceremony and reception. HMS Quad.

Dental School Advanced Graduate Brunch for the Classes of 2020 and 2021. Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, HMS.

Affinity Group Celebrations, 230-5. Details TBA.

Farewell Dinner and Dance, 630-11. College classes of 2020 and 2021. Location TBA.

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