Commencement 2015

A collection of stories covering Harvard University’s 364th Commencement.

All from this series

  • Why I volunteer for Harvard …

    While most Harvard journeys start on campus, they rarely end there. More than 10,000 College alumni give back as steadfast volunteers, in more ways than one. Four alumni share why they dedicate their time and energy to Harvard.

  • Courage is rooted in knowledge, Faust tells seniors

    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.

  • Deep into the past

    Harvard’s traditional Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises showcased gifted graduates, gifted teachers, gifted members of the Class of 1965, and a poet and orator who both looked to the past to call up lessons for the future.

  • A historical honor

    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.

  • Reflections on the Marshall Plan

    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.

  • My lasting Harvard memory

    Samantha Noh ’15 shares her memorable Harvard moment, connecting to a distant student past as part of the Yard archaeology digs .

  • Words as well as drawings

    The Graduate School of Design’s Héctor Tarrido-Picart, who earned two degrees, is drawn to bustling cities, and to the literature that defines them.

  • 100 years of Widener

    The massive library, which rose after the Titanic sank, remains a linchpin of learning and conservation at Harvard.

  • Where football meets astrophysics

    Michael Mancinelli ’15 found that at Harvard he could anchor an offensive line and immerse himself in electrical engineering at the same time.

  • Commencement traditions and facts

    Test your knowledge of Commencement facts and traditions.

  • A onetime refugee aims high

    When she graduates from the Kennedy School with her master’s, onetime refugee Fadumo Dayib plans to run for president of Somalia, her homeland.

  • Photographs and memories

    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.

  • When your calling comes calling

    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.

  • Ahead of her time

    Saheela Ibraheem has always been ahead of her time and is graduating from Harvard College this spring at just 20, a neurobiology concentrator who is looking forward to pursuing a career in academia.

  • Life under the lights and in the lab

    Talented actress and singer Elizabeth Leimkuhler divided her time at Harvard between her love for the stage and her love for all creatures, great and small.

  • At Medical School, a late bloomer

    Afamefuna Nduaguba, a Nigerian immigrant, overcame early struggles at Roxbury Community College to gain a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and now an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

  • Portman named Class Day speaker

    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.

  • This year’s chief marshal

    At Harvard’s 364th Commencement, award-winning author and journalist Farai Chideya ’90 will lead her class as this year’s chief marshal.

  • Guidelines for Harvard’s 364th Commencement

    A special notice regarding Harvard’s 364th Commencement Exercises, which will be held May 28.

  • Patrick named Commencement speaker

    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.