Photos show the many sides of Harvard's 2016 Commencement festivities.
In his Commencement address, veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg urged the members of Harvard’s Class of 2016 to stick to their morals and act when necessary.
In celebration of the city of Cambridge and of the country’s oldest university, a number of neighboring churches and institutions ring their bells at the conclusion of Harvard’s 365th Commencement Exercises, for the 28th consecutive year.
Graduating Harvard seniors gathered in the Memorial Church for a personal farewell and words of wisdom from President Drew Faust during the Baccalaureate Service.
Stephen Greenblatt and Robyn Schiff were the featured speakers at the 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises.
Soon to become a Fulbright scholar, Kapena Baptista ’16 finds histories in his heritage, and plans to teach.
Moiya McTier '16 blends her loves of space science and writing in a double concentration in astronomy and folklore and mythology, leading to a science fiction senior thesis.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, will lead the 25th reunion class at Harvard’s Commencement as chief marshal.
Jing Qiu ’16, an economics concentrator, decided to volunteer at the Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard’s largest student organization. It changed her life.
Andrea Ortiz '16, a Mexican immigrant who grew up in Miami, hopes to build a career that allows her to address issues of poverty, education, immigration, and crime in low-income communities in the United States.
When Micaela Connery’s cousin was born with significant physical and developmental disabilities, Connery didn’t realize the full impact it would have on her life. This spring Connery will graduate with an M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School.
Rashida Jones ’97, whose professional acting career began the year she graduated from Harvard College, will address the Class of 2016 on May 25 as part of the annual Class Day celebration.
Graduating senior Hanna Amanuel, a child of Eritrean immigrants, plans to help others as she was once helped.
Commencement speaker Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts, called on graduates to follow talk with action on the most urgent problems of the day.
While at Harvard, Veronica Gloria ’15 worked to empower first-generation and Latino students like herself.
Harvard president bids Class of ’15 farewell at Baccalaureate, telling members they should resist the call to be ruled by fear, even though it floods society.
Harvard’s honorary degree recipients span history, with Benjamin Franklin, Helen Keller, John F. Kennedy, and Nelson Mandela being just a few among the hundreds over the past 364 commencements.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reflects on predecessor George C. Marshall’s Commencement address at Harvard in 1947, which extended America’s hand to a battered Europe and, in so doing, helped to create a stable postwar order and an inclusive, long-term U.S. foreign policy.
Every Commencement at Harvard, the Yard fills with graduates and their families celebrating. But look closely in the front row, and you’ll see another jovial gathering. Press photographers from all over the region flock to the Yard to immortalize the regalia and traditions in Tercentenary Theatre. For the Boston press corps, noted for its collegiality, it’s a reunion of sorts.
Megan Diamond took a few years to decide on a path in public health. After working overseas investigating health in Africa, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health graduate is looking forward to continuing her work in global health.
Actress Natalie Portman ’03 has been selected as Class Day speaker for Harvard College. Portman will address the graduating class on May 27, the day before the 364th Commencement.
At Harvard’s 364th Commencement, award-winning author and journalist Farai Chideya ’90 will lead her class as this year’s chief marshal.
Deval L. Patrick, who recently concluded two terms as governor of Massachusetts, will be the principal speaker at the Afternoon Exercises of Harvard’s 364th Commencement in May.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will receive this year’s Radcliffe Medal on May 29 during Radcliffe Day, an annual celebration of Radcliffe’s past, present, and future.
A roundup of capsule stories and photos surrounding Harvard’s 363rd Commencement.
With a master’s from the School of Public Health, physician Darrell Gray hopes to use telecommunications to extend care to endangered groups in underserved neighborhoods.
Rossi Lamont Walter Jr. ’14 graduates with a passion for dance, the history of science, and Jewish culture. He plans to help others see and develop their strengths.
This year, four prestigious scholars received the Centennial Medal.
A budding mathematician, an international thinker, and a creative achiever are the student speakers at Harvard’s 2014 Morning Exercises.
After leaving Brazil at age 11 for the United States, Eric Westphal ’14 learned English and started climbing life’s ladder, culminating as an honors graduate.
Graduating senior Jesse Sanchez has come a long way from the poor streets of San Diego's City Heights neighborhood, and now wants to help those struggling toward college.
In celebration of the city of Cambridge and of the country’s oldest university, a number of neighboring churches and institutions ring their bells at the conclusion of Harvard’s 363rd Commencement Exercises, for the 26th consecutive year.
Fraternal twins Rosh and Roshan Sethi have shared much of their lives, including at Yale as undergraduates and sharing an apartment while enrolled at Harvard Medical School. Now preparing to graduate, they’re anticipating diverging careers, with Roshan exploring radiation oncology and Rosh head and neck surgery.
Harvard President Drew Faust bid farewell to the graduating seniors of the Class of 2014 on Tuesday during the annual Baccalaureate Service in Harvard’s Memorial Church.
A fierce field general on the women's rugby team, Harvard College senior Shelby Lin is also a math and economics star with a bright future.
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Michael R. Bloomberg, M.B.A. ’66, an entrepreneur who built an information technology company into a global news and financial information service and served three terms as mayor of New York City, will be the principal speaker at the Afternoon Exercises of Harvard’s 363rd Commencement.
This spring, alumni can vote for a new group of Harvard Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association elected directors.
Harvard College recognized 111 students who graduated midyear, outside the traditional Commencement cycle.
The only one of the Class of 1933 to return at Commencement has led a life of adventure and accomplishment.
Patrick Harlan ’93 drifted into Japan on a Glee Club trip the summer after he graduated from Harvard and quickly found his way to the stage, becoming a well-known comedian and a regular face on Japanese television. Harlan talked to the Gazette about his offbeat journey.
Radcliffe Day featured a celebration of the arts and the award of the Radcliffe Medal to actress and arts activist Jane Alexander, as well as a panel discussion that explored the challenges artists face.
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and media entrepreneur, addresses graduates at Harvard's 362nd Commencement on May 30, 2013.
This video captures the tradition and emotion, the pomp and circumstance of Commencement Day at Harvard -- through the eyes of a graduating student.
The conferring of honorary degrees at Harvard's 362nd Commencement at Tercentenary Theatre on May 30, 2013.
The president of the Harvard Alumni Association today announced the results of the annual election of new members of the Harvard Board of Overseers.
Snapshots of Harvard’s 2013 Commencement, a day marked by sunshine and warmth as well as rituals, honors, and good wishes.
Latin Speaker Fanaye Yirga speaks at the 362nd Harvard Commencement Ceremony at Tercentenary Theatre on May 30, 2013.
Graduate Speaker Jon Murad speaks at the 362nd Harvard Commencement Ceremony at Tercentenary Theatre on May 30, 2013.
Undergraduate Speaker Felix de Rosen speaks at the 362nd Harvard Commencement Ceremony at Tercentenary Theatre on May 30, 2013.