Graduation 2020

Where to watch

Visit on Thursday, May 28, to access both the University’s graduation ceremony and the Harvard Chan School’s own celebration.

Harvard University

Honoring the Harvard Class of 2020

11:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT

The president, provost, deans, and distinguished guests will perform the ceremonial conferral of degrees and other celebratory elements.

  • Welcome – President Larry Bacow
  • Graduate Speech
  • Undergraduate Speech
  • Conferral of Degrees by School Deans
  • Commencement Address

Find more information about the Harvard University ceremony here.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT

Following degree conferral at Harvard University, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will hold a virtual ceremony to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020.

Welcome Remarks
Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty

Student Speaker
Nadhira Nuraini Afifa, Master of Public Health

Commencement Speaker
Muhammad Ali Pate, Global Director, Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice, World Bank and Director, Global Financing Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents

Alumni Greeting
Carmon Davis, President, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Association

Announcement of Awards
Jane Kim, Dean for Academic Affairs

Presentation of Graduates
Robin Glover, Associate Dean for Student Services

Closing Remarks
Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, on March 20, 2020, the University announced it would be necessary to postpone the in-person May 27 Convocation ceremony and May 28 Commencement exercises.  Please click here to see President Bacow’s message regarding Harvard’s 369th Commencement Exercises, and please click here to see Dean Williams’ message regarding Harvard T.H. Chan’s Convocation ceremony.

Please use the graduation timeline associated with your graduation date for important dates and deadlines.

If you are unable to find the answer to your questions, please contact:

Registrar’s Office: or (617) 432-7951

  • For questions related to graduation applications, ETDs submissions, tuition, and diplomas.

Office for Student Affairs: or (617) 432-0496

  • For questions related to the May graduation ceremonies and awards.

Office of Financial Aid: or (617) 432-1867

  • For questions related to financial aid, and loan exit counseling.

Office for Alumni Affairs and Career Advancement: