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Central Administration

Bacow ‘Very Pleased’ By Response to Covid Guidelines on Campus

Despite an initial spike in cases on campus, Bacow said in an interview Tuesday he was “very pleased” with adherence to indoor mask requirements, noting the University has avoided any severe outbreaks.

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Harvard Hosts Ceremonies Celebrating Black and Latinx Graduates

Harvard’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging hosted Latinx and Black graduations for students across the University’s schools on Tuesday afternoon.

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House Life

Bacow Confers 1,292 College Degrees in Harvard’s Second Virtual Graduation; Speaker Ruth Simmons Urges Grads to ‘Be a Force for Inclusion’

Harvard awarded 2,440 degrees across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at its second consecutive virtual Commencement ceremony Thursday, including 1,292 degrees to the College’s Class of 2021.

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Commencement

Podcast: The River Rundown

The River Rundown is a podcast about Harvard Athletics amidst the pandemic — focusing on alumni and undergraduates alike, and how the pandemic has impacted their careers. Hosted by Amir Mamdani, this six-part series incorporates a variety of perspectives and athletic experiences, tying together some complementary views on life across the Charles River.

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Diego Portrait

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College

BGLTQ Students Celebrated in Lavender Graduation Ceremonies

Harvard College’s Office of BGLTQ Student Life hosted its annual Lavender Graduation — a ceremony to honor the achievements of BGLTQ students — for more than 40 graduating seniors Sunday evening

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Jeremy Lin ’10 Named 2021 College Class Day Speaker

Professional basketball player Jeremy Lin ’10 will address the College’s Class of 2021 at this year’s virtual Class Day on May 26, the University announced Monday.

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Central Administration

Bacow Hopes for ‘As Close to a Traditional’ Post-Covid Commencement As Possible for Classes of ’20, ’21

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Thursday that Harvard intends for future in-person celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to closely mirror traditional Commencement Exercises with just “as much pomp and circumstance.”

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College

‘Doesn’t Cut It’: College Seniors React to Commencement Announcement

Harvard’s decision Friday to postpone its in-person Commencement Exercises in favor of a May virtual ceremony for the second year in a row was met with dismay but expectation from some seniors.

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Commencement

Harvard Postpones 370th Commencement, Ruth J. Simmons To Speak at Virtual Ceremony

Harvard will postpone its Commencement Exercises and hold a virtual ceremony in May for the second consecutive year to heed public health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced Friday.

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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.

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Commencement

Bacow Confers 1,542 College Degrees in Harvard’s First Virtual Graduation

In Harvard’s first online commencement ceremony, University President Lawrence S. Bacow conferred 1,542 bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees to the Class of 2020.

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Lowell Commencement

Lowell’s commencement ceremony in 2019. Traditionally on Commencement Day, seniors attend Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theater, followed by House-specific ceremonies to confer diplomas.

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The History of Harvard's Commencement, Explained

2020 isn’t the first year Harvard’s traditional Commencement Exercises were cancelled or postponed.

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Commencement

Harvard Medical School Names Robert Satcher Jr. 2020 Class Day Speaker

Harvard Medical School announced Thursday that astronaut, chemical engineer, and surgeon Robert L. Satcher Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Medical School and Dental School Class Day ceremonies.

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