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Women Commencement speakers

Commencement Day Speakers in the Last 30 Years by Gender
Commencement

Commencement Day Speakers in the Last 30 Years by Gender

Steven Spielberg Commencement Speaker 2016
Commencement

For Commencement, A Historically Male Set of Speakers

In the past 30 years, the University has chosen just seven women to deliver the Commencement Day oration—a pattern that some involved in planning graduation exercises criticize.

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University Finances

David Rockefeller, Major Harvard Donor, Dies at 101

David Rockefeller '36 donated at least $140 million to the University, making him one of Harvard's most generous financial supporters.

Faust Climate Change
Central Administration

In Ho Chi Minh City, Faust Reflects on Vietnam War

University President Drew G. Faust paid homage to the lives lost in the Vietnam War in a speech at a university in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday.

Divest Harvard
University Finances

Divest Harvard Plans to Blockade Massachusetts Hall

Divest Harvard is planning to occupy Massachusetts Hall next week in protest of Harvard’s decision not to divest from the coal industry.

University

Court Denies Harvard Motion to Dismiss Title IX Lawsuit

​A lawsuit that challenges Harvard’s compliance with anti-sex discrimination law Title IX will proceed after a federal court ruled Friday to deny the University’s efforts to dismiss the suit.

University President Drew G. Faust
Central Administration

Faust Pens New York Times Op-Ed Supporting Humanities Funding

University President Drew G. Faust wrote that National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal grant-making agency, “nurtures our national soul.”

Faust Presents Allston Funds
Central Administration

Faust and Walsh Present Allston Awards at Ed Portal

University President Drew G. Faust joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh at the Ed Portal Wednesday evening to present the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund Awards.

University President Drew G. Faust
Politics

Faust Met with Paul Ryan, Other Legislators on D.C. Trip

University President Drew G. Faust met with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other members of Congress on a trip to Washington, D.C. last week.

Back on Campus
Commencement

Mark Zuckerberg Named 2017 Commencement Speaker

Facebook founder and Harvard dropout Mark E. Zuckerberg will return to campus on May 25 to speak at the University’s 366th commencement ceremony.

University Finances

Court Orders Harvard to Provide Donor’s Financial Information

Charles C. Spackman ’94, a prominent Harvard donor, has been accused of defrauding investors while reaping a personal profit of approximately $100 million.

Massachusetts Hall
Harvard Business School

With Additional Target, Business School Charts Separate Fundraising Course

In an apparent deviation from the rest of Harvard's fundraising practices, the Business School announced last week that it will seek to raise an additional $300 million after having reached its $1 billion goal.

To Serve Better Thy Country
Higher Education

At Miami High School, Faust Praises Higher Ed

​Speaking at a Miami high school, University President Drew G. Faust encouraged students to pursue higher education—from local community colleges to Ivy League institutions.

Divest
Harvard Kennedy School

Divest Harvard Activists Protest Kennedy School Film Screening

​Several members of environmental activist group Divest Harvard quietly carried signs outside a Kennedy School film series screening sponsored by Shell Oil Company.