Commencement

  • Subscribe via RSS
  • Section

    All
    Admissions
    Arts
    Flyby
    Magazine
    Media
    News
    Opinion
    Sports
  • Type

    All
    Image
    Widget
    Gallery
    Video
    Flash Graphic
    Table
    Map
    Article
    Topic Page
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.

Kenneth C. Griffin
Commencement

Kenneth C. Griffin

Kenneth C. Griffin ’89, pictured on Commencement Day, has become a successful financier and prolific University donor.

Relative Size of Donations to Harvard
Commencement

Relative Size of Donations to Harvard

Bloomberg Against Censorship
Commencement

In Commencement Address, Bloomberg Denounces Partisan Censorship on Campuses

Michael R. Bloomberg used his platform at Thursday’s Commencement Day Afternoon Exercises to deliver a stinging critique of what he identified as a culture of intellectual repression in American higher education and governance.

9/11 Memorial
College

Boots on the Ground: ROTC at Harvard

Kaledora Kiernan-Linn
College

The Dropouts

Snow on Plympton
College

More Snow Looming, College Alters Dining Schedule

Divest Harvard Rally
Central Administration

After 24-Hour Sit-In, Divest Harvard Protesters Leave Mass. Hall