At Harvard’s first in-person Commencement ceremony since 2019, the principle speaker, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, called on graduates to protect democracy and embrace “genuine debate and dialogue” with differing perspectives.
At a separate, second Commencement ceremony held on Sunday, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland ’74 called on Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates to pursue public service.
Graduates entered Harvard Yard to the pomp and circumstance traditional of a Harvard commencement. Above, Arts and Humanities Dean Robin Kelsey, former Undergraduate Council President Noah A. Harris ’22, and Dean of Students Katherine G. O'Dair walk into Harvard Yard together.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian called the ceremony to order to raucous applause in Harvard Yard.
Caroline S. Engelmayer '20 delivered the Latin Salutatory at Sunday's Class of 2020 and 2021 Commencement ceremony. Engelmayer's address was titled "A Lasting Journey."
Benjamin J. Porteous ’22 delivered the Latin Salutatory during Thursday's Class of 2022 ceremony.
Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Laurell Ardern were awarded honorary degrees during Thursday's Class of 2022 ceremony.
Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson ’92, who serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers, attended Thursday’s Class of 2022 Commencement Exercises. Jackson, whose term on the University’s second-highest governing board ends this year, was confirmed to the Supreme Court last month.
Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana held up a photo he took of students to ask permission to post it on his Instagram account.
A saxophonist and a drummer affiliated with Currier House riff in Harvard Yard ahead of Sunday's Commencement ceremony.
Adams House affiliates pose for a photo on their way into Harvard Yard for Sunday's Commencement ceremony.