PhD Information

Diplomas

Because your degree is earned through GSAS, your diploma disbursement will occur through the GSAS Registrar. The GSAS ticket request form (which will be mailed to you) includes questions about whether you will walk in the Sanders Theatre ceremony and how you want to obtain your diploma. [Your diploma will not be disbursed during the Harvard Chan reception].

PhD Information

Please Note: Tickets, diploma destination and meal requests for the Morning Harvard Yard and the GSAS Diploma Ceremony should be ordered via the ticket form provided by GSAS. Tickets for the Harvard Chan Kresge ceremony should be ordered through the Harvard Chan Commencement RSVP form (details below).

As a PhD student, you officially earn your Harvard degree through GSAS. However, your strong affiliation with the Harvard Chan School places you in a unique position with respect to the Commencement events.

Many PhD students would like to attend the morning ceremony at Harvard Yard, their GSAS diploma ceremony in Cambridge – and then the Harvard Chan Kresge courtyard diploma ceremony. The information contained in this web page outlines important details and considerations for the Commencement activities.

A. Ph.D. student in the BPH Program, Division of Biological Sciences

You are encouraged to attend both the GSAS and the Harvard Chan ceremonies.  Keep in mind that though Harvard provides buses between campuses, there is approximately one hour and forty-five minutes between the end of the Yard ceremony and the beginning of the Harvard Chan ceremony. GSAS will make every effort to read the names of PhD BPH candidates as close to the beginning of the GSAS ceremony as possible. However, there is no guarantee as to how quickly this will occur and you will need to be in line in Kresge for the Harvard Chan ceremony by 1:30pm. See below for more specific timeline information as well as other details.

B. Ph.D. students in Biostatistics 

You are encouraged to attend both the GSAS and the Harvard Chan ceremonies. The Biostatistics acting department chair will attend both ceremonies, and you will be individually introduced at both. GSAS will make every effort to read the names of PhD Biostatistics candidates as close to the beginning of the GSAS ceremony as possible, so that you will be able to make it back to the Harvard Chan School in time for the Harvard Chan ceremonies by 1:30pm. See below for more specific timeline information as well as other details.

Websites For All Three Ceremonies:  

Please review the websites for the central Harvard University Commencement Office, the GSAS commencement and the Harvard Chan commencement –

Harvard University: http://www.commencement.harvard.edu/

GSAS:  http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/commencement

Harvard Chan: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/commencement/

Contact Information:

Harvard Chan event contact: 
Student Affairs at StudentAffairs@hsph.harvard.edu

GSAS event contacts:
If you have additional questions, contact the GSAS Office of Publications and Alumni Relations at 617-495-5591 or gsaa@fas.harvard.edu