We are excited to celebrate the Classes of 2020 and 2021 in a University-wide Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 8 a.m. (ET). The full schedule of activities is still being developed and details will be shared in the coming months, but we did want to get the date on calendars as soon as possible.
The Harvard community will come together to celebrate and honor members of the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 from across the University in a joint ceremony in Tercentenary Theater. Each school will also host special events for their graduates on their campuses during the weekend of May 28-29.
Each school will host special events for their graduates during the weekend of May 28-29. Additional details will be available in the coming months and will be shared on the school websites below.
We are committed to a ceremony with the pomp and circumstance of a traditional commencement, including a processional during which graduates will be expected to wear the appropriate regalia. For those who will need regalia, details on ordering regalia will be shared in the coming weeks.
Each graduate will receive up to three guest tickets to the University-wide Commencement ceremony so that family and friends can take part in celebrating the hard work and perseverance of our graduates. The University-wide ceremony will also be livestreamed for family and friends who cannot attend.
We will endeavor to house all those graduates who request it, but we will be limited by availability and will be unable to guarantee specific locations. You will be able to register for campus accommodations when registration for the events opens in early 2022 and more information will be posted here in the coming months.
In order to ensure the maximum number of graduates can secure campus housing, the University will not be able to provide campus housing for families and guests.
While staying on campus offers the opportunity to enjoy a convenient location, campus housing does not typically include the same amenities as a hotel room. Though subject to change, you can plan that your room will be equipped with beds, fresh linens, fresh towels, soap, water glasses, trash bags, and some essential furniture. Please note, campus accommodations do often have shared bathrooms and may not include air conditioning.
We are currently working to negotiate group rates at several area hotels and will share that information with graduates in the coming weeks. In addition, graduates, families, and guests can find a helpful list of area hotels on Harvard’s Commencement website.
We are thrilled to be able to welcome graduates back to campus with no cost for any of the University or School events related to these celebrations.
The University is committed to making the celebration financially feasible for all members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021. While there will be no charge for registration, provided meals, or campus housing for the graduates of these classes, we know that for some graduates the cost of traveling to campus may be a hardship. In those situations, financial assistance will be available. Requests for financial assistance can be made at the time of registration, which will open in early 2022. All requests will be considered and will remain confidential.
All graduates from the Classes of 2020 or 2021 are invited to participate.
All visitors to campus including both graduates and their families and guests, should be aware of the University policies in place at the time of their visit. COVID-19 Safety Awareness Training: Protection/Prevention Practices provides current guidance and safety practices. The university understands the need to communicate guidelines and expectations with graduates and families as far in advance as possible.
Currently the University is requiring those coming to campus for Harvard-sponsored events and activities to be fully vaccinated with a FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine. Graduates and their guests should plan accordingly.
The health and safety of our community, including these graduates, is paramount. The University will continue to actively monitor public health conditions, but we are confident we can safely celebrate these graduating classes on campus by following COVID protocols.
To receive communications about the Commencement celebration, please make sure the University has up-to-date contact information. You can update your contact information by logging in, with your HarvardKey, to the Online Alumni Directory.
The University can provide an invitation letter to support visa applications for graduates and their family members. To request a letter, please complete this request form and a letter will be emailed to you.
Yes. The initial survey gauged interest in attendance, but it was not part of the formal registration process. We will be sharing more details as planning progresses and will open official registration for tickets and housing at the end of February/early March. We will continue to update this website with new information as it becomes available.
Please send questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be updating this website and the School websites as plans evolve so please check back regularly. We will also be emailing graduates with updates throughout the coming months as new information becomes available.
Review a list of local hotels that may be helpful to you as you make plans for your visit.