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Maia
On Campus

Harvard Affiliates Praise HKS Commencement Speaker Pick Amid War in Ukraine

As war continues to rage in Ukraine, Harvard affiliates praised the selection of Moldovan President Maia Sandu to deliver the Harvard Kennedy School’s graduation address in May.

Merrick B. Garland ’74
College

Attorney General Merrick Garland ’74 to Speak at Harvard’s Joint Commencement for Classes of 2020, 2021

United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland ’74 will speak at Harvard's joint Commencement ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 this spring.

Tracy K. Smith
Commencement

Tracy K. Smith ’94 to Speak at Harvard Alumni Day

Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith ’94 will serve as the Harvard Class of 2022's Alumni Day speaker, the University announced Wednesday.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Commencement

Civil Rights Lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill Chosen for 2022 Radcliffe Medal

Sherrilyn Ifill, an influential civil rights lawyer who leads the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, will receive the 2022 Radcliffe Medal, Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study announced last Friday.

Harvard Alumni Procession 2013
On Campus

Harvard Alumni Split Over Move to Separate Commencement from Reunion Events

After learning in-person annual alumni events will be separated from Commencement for the first time, some Harvard alumni mourned the loss of intergenerational connections, even as many acknowledged the practical reasons behind the change.

Tercentenary Theater Commencement 2016
Commencement

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Speak at Harvard Class of ’22 Commencement

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will speak at Harvard’s 369th Commencement ceremony this spring. She is set to address Harvard’s Class of 2022 at the first of two Commencement ceremonies the school will hold in May.

'To Serve Better'
Commencement

New Zealand Prime Minister to Speak at Harvard Commencement, Report Says

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be one of Harvard’s Commencement speakers in May, according to a report in a Kiwi news outlet.

President Bacow
Commencement

Unconcerned by Crowds, Bacow Says He Hopes Commencement Will Help Local Businesses

As Harvard prepares to host two Commencement ceremonies in four days this spring, University President Lawrence S. Bacow said he is unconcerned about the hordes of people who will be traveling to campus for the events.

Tercentenary Theater Commencement 2016
House Life

Harvard to Host Joint Commencement Ceremony for Classes of 2020, 2021 This Spring

Harvard will host a joint Commencement ceremony for its last two graduating classes this spring, allowing the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to celebrate graduation in person after their exercises were postponed due to the pandemic.

Mass Hall
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.

Ruth J. Simmons Commencement Address
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.

Joy Reid Black Graduation 2021
College

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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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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Grays Hall
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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