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Commencement 2020

Harvard Law School
Commencement

Harvard Schools Host First In-Person Graduation Ceremonies in Three Years

Harvard's 12 schools hosted their first in-person graduation ceremonies in two years this week.

The Chairs
College

30,000 Chairs: Planning Harvard’s Triple Commencement

On Thursday, thousands of students, family members, and friends inundated Harvard Yard for the Class of 2022’s Commencement. On Sunday, tens of thousands more will do the same in celebration of the Classes of 2020 and 2021. An occasion of this magnitude demanded careful preparation, administrators say.

University AAPI/APIDA Affinity Celebration
College

Following Student Activism, Harvard Hosts Inaugural AAPI/APIDA Graduation Ceremony

After activism from student organizations on Harvard's campus, Harvard held its first annual graduation ceremony for Asian-American, Pacific Islander, and Desi American students in Tercentenary Theatre on Monday.

Scalise at Freshman Parent's Weekend
Commencement 2020

Bob Scalise’s Rules for Life

Scalise led Harvard's Athletics Department to athletic achievements, weathered its crises, and defended it from succumbing to the growing professionalization of collegiate sports. He will retire this summer.

Tozzer and Peabody
FAS

Protected by Decades-Old Power Structures, Three Renowned Harvard Anthropologists Face Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Senior Anthropology professors Theodore C. Bestor, Gary Urton, and John L. Comaroff have weathered allegations of sexual harassment, including some leveled by students. But affiliates said gender issues in the department stretch beyond them.

Conan C. O’Brien ‘85 Speaks in Sanders Theatre
College

Comedian Conan O’Brien Addresses College Class of 2020

In Harvard College’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony, the Class of 2020 celebrated its achievements and commemorated its losses on Thursday with a colorful address from comedian Conan C. O’Brien ’85.

Gunnar L. Allison ’20 and Jessica R. Davis
Commencement 2020

Wedding Bells Class of 2020

These five couples in the Class of 2020 are tying the knot.

2020 Class Marshalls
Commencement 2020

A Letter From The Class Marshals

Tomorrow isn’t promised; we know this now more than ever before. Remember that even in this time dominated by uncertainty, every moment is worth embracing, because we’ve seen firsthand what happens when we wait.

Lieber Graphic
Front Middle Feature

The Arrest of a Harvard Professor

Experts say the "academic espionage" case of Charles M. Lieber, the former chair of Harvard's Chemistry department, speaks volumes to souring U.S.-China relations.

Pusey Library
Commencement 2020

Living Through History: The University-Wide Effort to Preserve the Pandemic

Harvard projects aim to preserve stories and evidence of the historic pandemic for future generations.

Smith Campus Center Renovations
Commencement 2020

Defining Public and Private in the Smith Campus Center

Smith Campus Center planners intended to create both a Harvard-focused community center and a public building open to Cambridge residents, but controversies over the treatment of non-affiliates and homeless individuals have highlighted the difficulty of striking that balance.

Freshmen Graphic
Commencement 2020

Incoming Harvard Freshmen Imagine an Unprecedented Start to College

As the Class of 2020 graduates without the fanfare typical of a grand commencement ceremony, the Class of 2024 looks forward to entering Harvard as the world continues to fight an era-defining virus.

House Life Pandemic Graphic
Commencement 2020

The Past and Present of Harvard’s Residential Dilemmas

If students return to campus at any point in the coming months, the house system and residential life they will experience is likely to be substantially different, thanks to COVID-19.

Seniors Graphic
Front Photo Feature

‘The Senior Spring That We Didn’t Get’

With just five days left on campus as Harvard students, seniors in the College had to pack up all their possessions, bid uncertain goodbyes, and reconcile themselves to an unknown future.

Coronavirus Impact on Schools
Commencement 2020

‘Working As One’: Cambridge Responds to School Closures

When the coronavirus pandemic caused many academic institutions to close in mid-March, students were sent home to transition to remote learning. Cambridge Public Schools was no exception.

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