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Articles: Commencement

Portraits of Sherrilyn Ifill, Merrick B. Garland, Tracy K. Smith, and Jacinda Ardern, Harvard Commencement and alumni speakers 2022

Clockwise from top left: Sherrilyn Ifill, Merrick B. Garland, Tracy K. Smith, Jacinda Ardern

Clockwise from top left: Photograph courtesy of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; United States Department of Justice; Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard University; Photograph by the New Zealand Government/Office of the Governor-General

Commencement

Jacinda Ardern, Merrick Garland, and other lead speakers at Commencement and alumni events

4.6.22

Commencement 2022

Michelle Wu 

Photograph courtesy of City of Boston

"Defender of equity, inclusion, and opportunity" to address Class of 2022

4.27.22

President Lawrence S. Bacow

President Lawrence S. Bacow

Photograph by Rose Lincoln/Harvard University

President Bacow’s perspectives on “playing long ball” at Harvard again. 

4.18.22

Harvard undergraduates standing happily in Commencement regalia

Celebratory students at Commencement 

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Speakers, ceremonies, and celebrations

May-June 2022

Historic portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photograph in public domain

Emerson’s oratory backstory, somber reunion notes, and happier days

May-June 2022

Portraits of Sherrilyn Ifill, Merrick B. Garland, Tracy K. Smith, and Jacinda Ardern, Harvard Commencement and alumni speakers 2022

Clockwise from top left: Sherrilyn Ifill, Merrick B. Garland, Tracy K. Smith, Jacinda Ardern

Clockwise from top left: Photograph courtesy of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; United States Department of Justice; Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard University; Photograph by the New Zealand Government/Office of the Governor-General

Jacinda Ardern, Merrick Garland, and other lead speakers at Commencement and alumni events

May-June 2022

Merrick Garland

U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland returns to campus to address the graduates of the classes of 2020 and 2021.

Photograph in the public domain

The U.S. Attorney General returns to Harvard.

3.21.22

Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith

Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard University

An alumna and faculty member at a new Harvard tradition

3.9.22

Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill

Photograph courtesy of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

The educator and lawyer receives the Institute’s highest honor.

2.25.22

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking at the Christchurch Earthquake 10th Anniversary

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking at the Christchurch Earthquake 10th Anniversary

Photograph in the public domain

New Zealand prime minister scheduled to address graduates on May 26.

2.14.22

Portrait of President Lawrence S. Bacow

President Lawrence S. Bacow

Photograph by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications

President Bacow on pandemic and academic Harvard

March-April 2022

Photograph Commencement procession into Harvard Yard Tercentenary Theatre

At last, an opportunity for the coronavirus-affected classes to proceed into Tercentenary Theatre and partake of the festival rites

Photograph by Jennifer Beaumont/Harvard Magazine

The coronavirus short-circuited their Commencement. Harvard plans a do-over.

11.18.21

Opportunities in admissions, online degrees, research, and more

September-October 2021