Inauguration of Lawrence S. Bacow

The Inauguration events for Harvard’s 29th president, Lawrence S. Bacow JD ’76, MPP ’76, PhD ’78, took place on Friday, October 5, 2018, in Tercentenary Theatre at Harvard Yard. All members of the Harvard community—including faculty, students, staff, and alumni—were invited.

Installation Address by Lawrence S. Bacow

Read news coverage of the day's events on the Harvard Gazette


President Bacow Inauguration October 5

Schedule of Events

Harvard ID or ticket is required for admission.*

1:30 p.m.

Academic Procession Formation
Boylston Hall
Delegates from other universities, Harvard faculty, current Harvard governing board members, and Harvard leadership participating in the academic procession should gather for procession formation at Boylston Hall. Delegates and Harvard faculty wishing to take part in the procession are requested to provide their own academic regalia.

2:00 p.m.

Academic Procession
Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard
Tercentenary Theatre seating will open at 1:00 p.m. and guests should be seated for the academic procession by 1:50 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

Installation of Lawrence S. Bacow
Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard
Members of the Harvard community, government and community leaders, delegates from universities across the country and around the world, and other colleagues and friends will gather together to welcome the new president at this historic ceremony.

View a detailed schedule of Installation events

The Bacow Block Party
Harvard Yard
Immediately following the installation program, the celebration will continue with a festive gathering open to all ceremony attendees.

*Access to Harvard Yard will be limited to only those with a Harvard ID, an installation ceremony ticket, or inauguration credentials on October 5 from 6 a.m.–6 p.m. All entry to the Yard must be through the following gates: Johnston, Lamont, Meyer, and Widener. During this time, all bags and personal items will be subject to inspection. If you are attending the Installation Ceremony we ask that you please plan accordingly and allow extra time.

Additional information

  • Harvard ID or valid ticket required for admission. Harvard alumni may request tickets here.
  • There will be a reserved and accessible seating section available for individuals with disabilities in Tercentenary Theatre on Inauguration Day.
  • Parking is limited—we encourage the use of public transportation. View map.
  • Additional LMA–Harvard shuttles (M2) will run from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 5. View the M2 schedule.
  • If you are unable to attend, a live stream of the installation ceremony will be available on this page.
  • Questions? Please email [email protected] or call (617) 998-1629.