Commencement takes place on the fourth Thursday of May each year, with additional convocation and commencement events on the preceding Wednesday.  All students who receive November, March or May degrees are invited to walk in the May ceremonies.  Graduating BPH students are invited and encouraged to participate in several ceremonies in May at the Harvard Chan School, GSAS and Harvard University:

  • Harvard Chan School Exercises
  • GSAS Breakfast with the Deans
  • Morning Exercises, Harvard Yard
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ceremony
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Luncheon
  • Harvard Afternoon Exercises

The BPH program sends detailed information to graduating students as we approach commencement.  It is recommended that students and their families plan far in advance for commencement, as it is a very busy time in the Boston area.

DRAFT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2020 (Information Forthcoming)
Information for BPH Students

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019
Harvard Chan School Awards Presentation and Celebration
4:00 pm,  HMS Tent

HSPH Convocation Ceremony
9:30am,  Students and Guest may begin arriving for ticket check-in at HMS
10:00am,  Students will be taken to form line-up order and check-in with the Office for Student Affairs
11:00am,  Academic Procession Begins* (NOTE: Doctoral hooding will take place at the HSPH ceremony)
2:30pm (approx.),  Convocation Program finished
2:30pm – 5:00pm, Celebration Event under the Tent in the Kresge Courtyard at Harvard Chan
3:00pm – 4:30pm,  BPH Champagne Commencement Celebration*, Building 2, Room 102 (*for graduating students, their families and faculty advisors)

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019
Morning Exercises, Harvard Yard
6:45 – 7:45 am   Breakfast with the Deans, Gropius Lawns, 35 Oxford St.  Start procession to the yard at 7:45 if you attend the breakfast.
8:00 am  Arrive no later than 8am at Sever Hall for the procession into the yard
9:45am – 11:15am (approx.)   Morning Exercises in Harvard Yard

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ceremony, Sanders Theater
11:15 am,  Proceed to Sanders Theater for GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony
11:30am – 1:30pm (appr),  GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony  (immediately following the morning exercises)
[Each student marching at the ceremony may request two guest tickets for Sanders Theatre. The Diploma Awarding Ceremony will be simulcast on large screens at the Science Center Lecture Halls A–D.]
12:00noon – 3:00 pm, Champagne reception and luncheon begins on the Lawns at Richards Hall, behind Perkins Hall, 35 Oxford Street, and continues until approximately 3:00 p.m. for all degree recipients and their guests.

Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Yard
2:15 p.m.   Afternoon Exercises begin in Harvard Yard.  President Drew Faust gives her address, followed by the Commencement speaker (at approximately 3 p.m.).  This ceremony is live streamed as well and available online on demand at a later date/time for your viewing.

Some important Pre-Commencement Items:

Regalia pick up hours:
May 18 – May 24 (since you need your regalia for May 29 and May 30) during Coop Hours = 9am – 10pm

GSAS Ticket Pick Up
Degree candidates must pick up their GSAS tickets for Commencement 2019 in person with a photo ID. Tickets cannot be mailed. The deadline to order tickets was April 19, 2019.

Pickup times and locations:

Before Commencement (Dudley House)
Friday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dudley House (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard.
Monday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dudley House (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard.
Tuesday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dudley House (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard.
Wednesday, May 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dudley House (Lehman Hall), Harvard Yard.

On Commencement Day (GSAS Information Tent, Maxwell Dworkin) from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.