The Early Birds
Students, friends, and family flood the yard at 7:00 AM on Thursday in order to find seats for the morning exercises. Ticket-holders had been waiting outside of the gates as early as 5:00 AM.
A graduate sits on a park bench with some elderly gentlemen after the Morning Exercises on Thursday.
Howard M. Georgi '68
Leverett House Master and physics professor Howard M. Georgi '68 sits in his House Master's robe at Commencement. According to tradition, House Masters join their graduating seniors in Commencement exercises, wearing their house colors.
Senior Class Chapel Service
Students from Dunster House file into Memorial Church behind the rest of their peers for the Senior class chapel service on Thursday at 8:00 AM.
Cabot Seniors wait to receive their diplomas on the Quad Lawn on Thursday afternoon
Leverett House Ceremony
Students assemble in the courtyard at Leverett House to receive their degrees.
The Cabot Class of 2012 processes back to their House on Thursday afternoon, led by a bagpipe player and their House Masters, Rakesh and Stephanie Khurana.
Sam Himel '12 recieves a hug from Cabot House Master Rakesh Khurana during the House ceremony on Thursday afternoon.
Mihir Chaudry '12 adresses his fellow Cabotians at the House ceremony on Friday afternoon.
At Commencement, Marshals guide guests and students to their seats.
Peter J. Koutoujian, the Sheriff of Middlesex County, rises to adjourn the Commencement exercises. The Sheriff's formal orations of the start and dismissal of Commencement is a tradition that dates back to the seventeenth century.
Graduating senior and 2nd Class Marshal Lange P. Luntao prepares to be commenced on the sunny Thursday morning in Tercentary Theatre at Harvard University's 361st Commencement.
Renowned author, editor-at-large, and television host Fareed Zakaria PhD '93 addresses the thousands of parents, students, and alumni present at the afternoon exercises of the 361st Commencement. The ceremony took place on Thursday in Tercentary Theatre.
Michael K. Velchik, graduating senior from Dunster House, delivers an animated Latin Salutatory at Harvard's 361st Commencement on Thursday morning in Tercentary Theatre.
U.S. Representative John Lewis
U.S. Representative John Lewis receives an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Harvard's Commencement Exercises on Thursday while fellow awardees Kwame Anthony Appiah and Wendy Kopp look on. Lewis received the degree for his years as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and his continued service to the nation as a congressman.