Ceremony Information


HSPH students have two ceremonies they can attend, one in the morning at Harvard Yard and one in the afternoon at HSPH. GSAS students also have a lunchtime ceremony.

Students are required to wear academic regalia which consists of a cap, gown, and hood, to both ceremonies. Please see the regalia information page for more details.

Morning Exercises - Harvard Yard Commencement Ceremony

Morning Exercises, which convene in the outdoor Tercentenary Theatre, are attended by approximately 32,000 degree candidates, family members, faculty, alumni, and guests. The morning session includes students from all parts of the University and features the awarding of honorary degrees and the collective conferral of the degrees to each school’s graduates by the president of Harvard University.

(Times listed are subject to change.)
6:45 AM - Gates open for guests to start taking seats.

8:05 AM - Graduating students line up.
HSPH students line up on Quincy Street near Sever Gate.

8:35 AM - The academic procession begins.

9:45 AM - The ceremony begins.

11:30 AM - (approximately) The ceremony ends.

Viewing Alternatives: Because guest seating in Harvard Yard is limited and not guaranteed, HSPH offers guests the opportunity to view the morning proceedings in FXB G-11, G-12 & G-13. The benefits of this option include: ample and more comfortable seating in a climate controlled area and improved viewing and restroom facilities.  Please inform your family and guests of this viewing alternative. The ceremony at the Yard will also be available via webcast.

11:30 AM -12:30 PM - Travel between Cambridge and Longwood campuses. After the morning ceremony, shuttle buses will bring students and their guests back to HSPH free of charge for both graduates and all guests.

Afternoon Exercises - HSPH Commencement Ceremony

HSPH Commencement is held in the Kresge courtyard between the Kresge Building and the Countway Library. 

12:00 PM - Seating opens in the HSPH tent in the Kresge courtyard.  Guests must have a ticket. 

12:00 – 1:30 PM - Pre-ordered lunches available in FXB Atrium

1:30 PM - Graduates begin to line up for the academic procession
Masters graduates line up in Kresge G1-2-3
Doctoral students in Kresge 202-203-204

2:30 PM - The academic procession begins; ceremony immediately follows.

The ceremony includes greetings from the Dean, a student speaker and an address by an invited speaker.

5:00 PM - (approximately) The HSPH ceremony ends and the reception begins.

The ceremony is followed by a reception for graduates and their guests. The distribution of diplomas will take place during the reception.

Viewing Alternatives: The afternoon HSPH ceremony will be broadcast in FXB Ground Floor. The ceremony will also be available via webcast.

If you have questions, please contact:
Office for Student Affairs, (617-432-1036), studentaffairs@hsph.harvard.edu.