On Commencement Day, a sea of crimson can be seen from every corner of Harvard Yard. As each graduate prepares to take the reins on a new chapter of life, thousands of spectators — friends, family, colleagues, spouses, even pets — cheer in support. They sit in the front rows, perch on top of Pusey Library, and stand on the steps of Widener Library to be a part of this tradition. Bringing together people from all walks of life, Commencement Day is filled with thousands of vignettes of every person in attendance — graduates, military members, alumni, faculty, a former president, and even the “Queen of Soul.” People who otherwise may never cross paths come together to celebrate Commencement Day ceremonies.

— Crystal Chandler