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Commencement Week Information for Graduates and Guests


Events involving family members of college graduates begin on the Tuesday afternoon prior to Thursday's Commencement ceremonies. You should plan to participate in all the activities listed below and be in Cambridge from May 25-27th with Thursday, May 27th being the most important day to attend.

The Harvard Crimson, the Harvard University daily, publishes a special Commencement issue each year. Harvard parents have the opportunity to purchase space on this special edition of The Harvard Crimson to give their graduates congratulatory messages. Commencement issues are keepsakes that will provide you and your family with memories of your graduate's time at Harvard. Please call an advertising manager at (617) 576-6600 to receive further information.

Tuesday, May 25
11:00am: PHI BETA KAPPA LITERARY EXERCISES- in Sanders Theatre
2:00pm: Baccalaureate Service for Graduates
Followed by Class Picture
6:00pm Senior Class Family Dinner & Party at the Athletic Area
(Advance reservation only, invitations will be mailed in March)

Wednesday, May 26
Noon Class Day Family Picnic in The Old Yard
2:00pm Senior Class Day Exercises Featuring a Guest Speaker, Undergraduate Orations, and Awards
5:00pm Masters' Receptions in the Undergraduate Houses
8:00pm Complimentary Band & Glee Club Concert in Tercentenary Theatre

Thursday, May 27
9:45am Morning Commencement Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre
Noon Lunch & Diploma Presentation Ceremonies in the Undergraduate Houses
2:30pm Afternoon Commencement Exercises/Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association with Harvard President and the featured Commencement Speaker in Tercentenary Theatre