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Honoring the Class of 2021

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Forever ’21

Highlighting the accomplishments and celebrating the bright futures of Harvard’s Class of 2021

Honoring the Class of 2021

Whether you missed the ceremony or just want to watch the jubilation all over again, you can explore this year's virtual ceremony with our video playlist.

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A student wearing a brightly colored dress stands on the Harvard campus

Harvard Graduate School of Education graduate

Shahara Jackson

A successful educator on her own, Shahara Jackson came to Harvard with the goal of becoming a transformational superintendent.

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A student wearing a mask stands by a brick building

Harvard Chan School Graduate

Lawson Ung

Lawson Ung studied eye disease and social determinants of where it’s most common.

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A student leans against a stone pillar

Harvard Graduate school of arts and sciences graduate

Hannah Sim

To better share her knowledge of quantum, Hannah Sim writes articles for the general public, sharing her knowledge through open-source software codes, podcasts, and YouTube.

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Back to the start

From acceptance to move-in day to housing day, look back at the Class of 2021’s early years at Harvard.

Drew Faust with some first year students

The convocation ceremony

President Faust urges the Class of 2021 to connect with classmates and embrace diversity.

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  • Nearly 40,000 apply to College Class of ’21

Prior to the start of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, fewer than 20,000 students applied for admission.

The Mass Hall building. Lots of brick
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  • The Class of ’21 arrives, with boxes

A busy move-in day as the first-years settle into Yard dorms.

First years moving into the dorms
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  • Housing day for the class of ’21

A nor’easter didn't stop first-year students from playing in the Yard after learning which House they'll live in.

Student having a snowball fight
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  • White Coat Day 2017

The HMS/HSDM Class of 2021 received their white coats and met each other and faculty during their orientation to medical and dental school.

A woman puts on her new medical white coat
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Brett Dennis-Duke smiling

Harvard Extension School graduate

Brett Dennis-Duke

Brett Dennis-Duke designed a course of study she calls “medical anthropology” which pieced together the philosophical and theoretical connections between social justice and health care.

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Eli Langley in a field of tall grass

Harvard College graduate

Eli Langley

“If there is one thing I can impart to anybody, it’s that it’s worth fighting to change things. People who come after you may never know your name, but they can benefit from the work that you do. It is worth it.”

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Daniela Villafuerte smiling outside

Harvard Engineering School Graduate

Daniela Villafuerte

When Daniela Villafuerte wasn’t dancing with hip hop, jazz, and ballet troupes or performing in the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club production of “West Side Story” she was developing a prototype of a device that can track a person’s respiratory rate, heart rate, and oxygen saturation, all through non-contact methods.

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Grand finale

Take a look at some of the the final projects, theses, dissertations, and awards from members of the Class of 2021.