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The Inauguration of Claudine Gay

The inauguration of a new president is an opportunity to look forward—to celebrate new ideas and the future of the University.

The Harvard community is invited to join in the occasion of President Claudine Gay’s inauguration as we come together to rejoice in the possibilities ahead.

Congratulations from the Harvard community
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Admission to the Inauguration Ceremony and Community-wide Celebration is limited to Harvard ID holders, invited guests, registered delegates, and inauguration ticket holders.

Attendance Information

Get to know Claudine
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Meet our president

Claudine Gay, Harvard’s 30th president, talks about her vision for the presidency, what she’s learned from students, and the best concert she’s ever been to.

Path to the presidency

In 1998, Claudine received her Ph.D. in government from Harvard, where she won the Toppan Prize for best dissertation in political science. A quantitative social scientist with expertise in political behavior, Gay served as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor at Stanford before being recruited to Harvard in 2006 as a professor of government. She was also appointed a professor of African and African American Studies in 2007. She was named the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government in 2015, when she also became dean of social science at FAS. In 2018 she was appointed the Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

  • 2006 · Professor of government
    Claudine gay listening intently
  • 2015 · Dean of social science
    Claudine Gay sitting in a crowd
  • 2018 · Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences
    Claudine Gay, Rakesh Khurana, the Bacows, and a student
  • 2023 · Harvard President
    Claudine Gay talking to two people

A press kit is available for media planning to cover the Inauguration ceremony. Credentials are required for press coverage of and entry to Inauguration events in Harvard Yard and Tercentenary Theatre. Please contact with any questions.