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Celebrating the Class of 2023

Tom Hanks at a podium

"The promotion of liberty for all, with no exceptions."

Actor, writer, and director Tom Hanks reminded this year’s graduating class of their inborn responsibilies in his Commencement speech.

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The ceremony from all sides

The stories behind the degrees are as richly varied as the faces and voices that filled Harvard Yard.

A view of the crowd from the Commencement stage
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Harvard awards six honorary degrees

Degree recipients came from careers as varied as radio and immunization.

A group of people in red and black robes
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College Class Day

“Be fearless in your lives,” urged comedian Larry Wilmore in his address to the Class of 2023.

Larry Wilmore at a podium
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Graduate Schools Class Day

Graduating students at Schools across Harvard heard from special guest speakers.

Michelle Yeoh at a podium
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My advisor helped build my confidence as a researcher, and that’s something that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my career.”

Yekaterina Shulgina, Harvard Griffin GSAS

A young woman wearing a beige turtle neck poses outdoors in front of a green and gold wall.