Commencement


Sunlight and Shadow

The 372nd Commencement was perfect, as the University prepares for a leadership transition.

by John S. Rosenberg

Photographs from Commencement Week 2023

A gallery of Jim Harrison’s images from the unique Commencement celebration for the class of 2023

Harvard Confers Six Honorary Degrees

Nobel laureate Jennifer Doudna, Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, Admiral Michael Mullins among those recognized

by John S. Rosenberg

“We Only Have One Planet”

Ban Ki-moon at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Class Day

by Lydialyle Gibson

“A Calling Above All Others”

Ruth Simmons at the Graduate School of Education’s Convocation

by Ryan Doan-Nguyen

Larry Wilmore Follows His Path

In his Class Day address, the television writer/producer encouraged students to follow their dreams  

by Max J. Krupnick

Michelle Yeoh’s Three Tips for Success

Oscar-winning actress offers advice in Harvard Law School Class Day address.

by Nancy Walecki

Standing Out, United

Harvard affinity celebrations honor graduates’ diverse journeys. 

by Ryan Doan-Nguyen

“Today You Join Something That Is Larger than Yourself”

Sixteen graduates were commissioned into the armed services at the ROTC ceremony.

by Nell Porter Brown

“The Wise Person Learns from All People”

In his valedictory baccalaureate address, President Bacow emphasizes the value of humility.

by Jonathan Shaw

In Defense of Academic Freedom

Natalie Diaz and Adam Falk at the Phi Beta Kappa Exercises

by Lydialyle Gibson

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