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Articles: Commencement

Photograph of Kevin Young

Kevin Young

Photograph by Leah L. Jones, Photographer, National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution.

Commencement

The acclaimed poet and director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will speak at the annual meeting on June 4—and other graduation-week speakers are announced. 

4.19.21

Graduation 2021

Photograph portrait of Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin

Photograph courtesy of Harvard University.

The former NBA star headlines the undergraduates’ virtual celebration May 26.

5.3.21

Photograph of Kevin Young

Kevin Young

Photograph by Leah L. Jones, Photographer, National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution.

The acclaimed poet and director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will speak at the annual meeting on June 4—and other graduation-week speakers are announced. 

4.19.21

From left to right: Walter K. Clair, Nancy-Beth Gordon Sheerr, Preston N. Williams.

Photographs courtesy of HAA. 

Alumni Association announces Harvard Medalists.

 

4.14.21

Photograph of Ruth J. Simmons, Harvard’s virtual graduation speaker in May

Ruth J. Simmons

Courtesy of Prairie View A&M

The spring semester, coronavirus KO’s in-person Commencement, and fall prospects

May-June 2021

Screen shot of students from 2020 Harvard virtual degree-granting ceremony

A screen shot from the closing moments of the 2020 virtual degree-granting ceremony (a technologically enabled singing of “Fair Harvard”)—an exercise now being replicated in some form for a second consecutive pandemic spring

Harvard Magazine 

The 370th degree-conferral will be online for the second consecutive year—with Ruth Simmons as guest speaker.

2.26.21

Photographic portrait of Philip W. Lovejoy, executive director, Harvard Alumni Association

Philip W. Lovejoy, executive director, Harvard Alumni Association

Photograph by Will Halsey/Courtesy of the Harvard Alumni Association

The alumni association announces the inevitable.

12.15.20

Photograph of John West

John West

Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications

HAA president John West promotes interconnections within the University.

September-October 2020

Beds were set up for Spanish flu patients outside the Harvard-affiliated Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1918.
Photograph courtesy of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Archives

Fall semester interrupted, a century ago

6.23.20

Photograph of Martin Baron

Martin Baron

Screenshot by Harvard Magazine

Details of the virtual degree-conferral ceremonies

July-August 2020

Photos of three Harvard Medalists

David L. Evans, Leila T. Fawaz, and Joseph J. O’Donnell
Photographs from left: HPAC, George Ellmore, and HPAC

For extraordinary service to the University

July-August 2020

Photograph of Nelson Mandela receiving honorary degree and University Marshal Rick Hunt

Nelson Mandela, holding his honorary degree, and University Marshal Rick Hunt

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Campus and Commencement without people, social distance, Dr. Fauci, and a meaningful password

July-August 2020

Photo of the author sitting with two friends, all in masks, in the Radcliffe Quadrangle as they watched virtual Commencement

The author (right) sitting with blockmates Mike Shirek (left) and Ernie Omondi (center) as they watched virtual Commencement

Photograph courtesy of Caroline Englemayer

A return to campus, to take in virtual graduation with friends

6.1.20