Some Exceedingly Excellent Advice
And with that I salute you, classes of ’20 and ’21! Congratulations! Enjoy! Respect your elders! Seize the day! Take back the night! Go into the office! Vote! And one more thing, if I may be so candid: save the Harvard-Yale jokes for your 50th reunion. You can absolutely make them work. But they are best delivered bald.
Find Your Grounding and Fail Upwards
The guardrails are off and life is now a marathon. These are the three lessons I leave you with: find your grounding, fail upwards, and enjoy the journey.
Act and Vote with the Climate in Mind
As I reflect on my message to you I wonder: will you remember what I write? I fervently hope so, since my message is to implore you to ask our alma mater to do more to address the climate crisis.
A Letter From Harvard’s Faculty Deans to the Classes of 2020 and 2021
It is finally your moment for gowns, mortarboards, speeches, bagpipers, marching bands, swing bands, last-chance dances, and champagne toasts. Harvard — and all of us — are all dressed up and waiting for you. Welcome back, Classes of 2020 and 2021! The time for our long-awaited reunion is finally here.
The World Beyond the Bubble
As graduating students leave the shadows of the Harvard bubble, we urge them never to return as undergraduates. Remain alert, alive, awake; protest what you oppose and champion what you cherish. Speak up, write at length, and confront difficult questions head-on. Let every blunder be a path to a more thorough understanding of reality.
Wherever You Go, Hold Your Community Accountable
I hope that, after you graduate today, you will remember the lessons of this experience. Do something with the enormous privilege that is a Harvard education. Try to make the world a better place.
Attorney General Merrick Garland Commencement 2020 and 2021
United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland ’74 speaks at Harvard's Commencement ceremony on Sunday.
Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine Banner at Ashton Kutcher's Class of 2020 Address
The student group Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine protested actor Ashton Kutcher at Saturday's Class of 2020 Class Day dinner.
Ashton Kutcher's Address to the Class of 2020
Actor Ashton Kutcher addressed the Harvard College Class of 2020 at its Class Day dinner on Saturday.
Adjoa Andoh Addresses Class of 2021
British actress Adjoa Andoh addressed the Harvard College Class of 2021 at its Class Day dinner on Saturday.