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Class Day Speakers
College

Senior Class Committee Names 2015 Class Day Speakers

Samuel B. Clark ’15 and Taylor K. Phillips ’15 will deliver Ivy orations at the celebration, and Ethan G. Loewi ’15 and Reina A.E. Gattuso ’15 will deliver the Harvard orations.

Commencement

Scott Cook Named HBS Class Day Speaker

Cook co-founded Intuit—a $4.5 billion financial software company headquartered in Mountain View, Calif.—after working at Procter & Gamble.

Commencement

Former British Foreign Secretary To Deliver HKS Graduation Speech

David Miliband was previously a fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and currently serves as president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

The Commencement Speaker
Commencement

The Commencement Speaker

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick ‘78, shown speaking at the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Ceremony at Sanders Theater, will speak at Harvard’s 364th Commencement on May 28.

Deval Patrick
Central Administration

Deval Patrick Named 2015 Commencement Speaker

Patrick will address graduates and their families during the Afternoon Exercises of Commencement, which will take place in Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard in May.

College

Ivy Oration Highlights

Throughout Harvard’s history, many talented commencement speakers have taken to the university’s stages to send off the graduates with a touch of humor. Here are a handful of the funniest witticisms from past Ivy Orations.

GARBER AT COMMENCEMENT
Commencement

GARBER AT COMMENCEMENT

University Provost Alan M. Garber (right), pictured at Commencement 2014 ceremonies in May, defended the University's health benefits changes at the monthly faculty meeting Tuesday.

Equality Protests
Race

John W. Perdew ‘64 and The Rise of Civil Rights Involvement

With the threat of the death penalty looming over him, John W. Perdew ’64 found himself sitting in a jail cell in Americus, Georgia the summer after his junior year at the College.

Music

The Beatles and Music in the Square: When I’m '64

Students crowded around televisions, and some even turned down dates, to catch a glimpse of a British quartet’s first performance on American television on February 9, 1964

Stephen G. Breyer
Commencement

Justice Stephen G. Breyer, HLS '64: Supreme Court Justice and Former Law Professor

"Law requires both a heart and a head," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, a member of the Harvard Law School class of 1964 said during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 1994.

Books

Michael Crichton '64, Novelist and Screenwriter

While an undergrad at Harvard, J. Michael Crichton ’64 had a passion for writing, though he did not turn his full attention to these pursuits until later in his career.

Jasanoff
Commencement

Sheila S. Jasanoff '64, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School

Although Jasanoff said that her career trajectory has been propelled by the “accidental convergence” of opportunities, her friends and family credit her personal and professional success to her kind, pragmatic personality and her creative, adaptive mind.

Commencement

Dr. Andrew T. Weil ‘63-’64, Pioneer of Integrative Medicine

Weil’s successful career in promoting integrative medicine, a field he helped found, would come later. At the College, Weil enjoyed the camaraderie, creativity, and hijinks of extracurricular activity.

Sex Scandal
Commencement

The Great Harvard Sex Scandal of 1964

Though students saw the ensuing campus uproar as an isolated event, decades later the 1960s would come to be known as a period of sexual revolution that launched not just Harvard, but the nation, into new moral standards.

HUCTW Anniversary
Commencement

HUCTW Praised First Contract

When the Harvard Union for Clerical and Technical Workers won recognition in 1988 after 17 years of efforts, many were uncertain about what relationship the University would have with the new union.

Massachusetts Hall
FAS

Graduate Students Start Movement To Unionize

Central Administration

Amidst Title IX Debate, Law Faculty Raise Governance Concerns

John Stilgoe Office
College

John Stilgoe’s Secret History

Big States, Little States
College

Beyond Boston: Regional Diversity at Harvard