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Commencement 2024

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Celebrating the Class of 2024

Last updated June 2024
Revisit the 2024 Commencement ceremony
Two Harvard graduates holding hands behind the backs of two graduates

Reflecting on a joyous day

Graduates gathered with family, classmates, and faculty in Harvard Yard to celebrate, reminisce, and mark the University’s 373rd Commencement.

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Radcliffe Medal

Justice Sonia Sotomayor reflects on the importance of civic engagement, youth involvement, and giving back.

Sonia Sotomayor receiving the Radcliffe Medal
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Honorary degrees

Recipients include an educator, a conductor, a theoretical physicist, an advocate for the elderly, a writer, and a Nobel laureate.

Jennie Chin Hansen, Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Lawrence S. Bacow, Joy Harjo-Sapulpa, and Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramirez; John Manning, Alan Garber, and Maria Ressa.
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In his Baccalaureate address, interim President Garber praised the fortitude and resilience of the Class of 2024.

Alan Garber at the podium during the Baccalaureate address
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Class Day ceremonies

Class Day speakers, including leaders in business and government, offered graduates perspective and inspiration.

Nicholas Burns at a podium
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More from the celebration

Maria Ressa talking into a microphone

“This is the tipping-point year”

Learn more about Maria Ressa, the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner and principal speaker for Harvard’s 373rd Commencement.

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The 373rd Commencement began with the ringing of bells

The bells at the top of Lowell house
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Harvard's 23 new military officers took their oath of service

Military Officers standing on stage for the ROTC ceremony
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The Class of 2024 got a do-over on the prom that the pandemic took away

Students in dress clothes standing on the stairs
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The Harvard Medal was awarded to three extraordinary community members

Katie Lapp
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Student orators spoke about equity, uncertainty, and connection

Three Harvard students
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