2021 Virtual Graduation Ceremonies

Save the Date: Thursday, May 27

The University-wide graduation celebration, HMS Class Day, HMS Master's Graduation, and all other graduation-related celebrations and ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will take place virtually to ensure the health and safety of all Harvard communities. In-person celebrations will be held when it is safe to do so.

Harvard Honoring the Class of 2021 Celebration

Thursday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. – Broadcast of the virtual Harvard-wide graduation celebration, including conferral of degrees

Keynote speaker: Ruth J. Simmons, PhD ’73
President of Prairie View A&M University, President emerita of both Brown University and Smith College

Master's Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, May 27, 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dan Barouch, MD ’99
The William Bosworth Castle Professor of Medicine at HMS and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professor of immunology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS
Director of Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess

Students in the eight HMS graduate programs will celebrate the granting of their master’s degrees, and friends and family are invited to view the stream. The Master's Graduation Ceremony will livestream here and the ceremony program will be available here.

HMS/HSDM Class Day Ceremony

Thursday, May 27, 2 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD ’87
President and Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine

Students are granted the MD or DMD degree and any other advanced degrees they have earned. Whether across campus or across the globe, friends and family of HMS and HSDM graduates can stream the Class Day ceremony. The Class Day Ceremony will livestream here. Information about specific timelines and other details are distributed directly to graduating students.

The Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology Graduation Celebration

Wednesday, May 26, 5 p.m.

Details about the HST gathering will be distributed directly to graduating students.

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, May 27, 1:00 p.m.

Graduates of HMS PhD degree programs who received degrees in November 2020 and March and May 2021 were invited to participate in the GSAS virtual recognition ceremony. The event will livestream here following the University's program.

2021 Harvard Chan School Virtual Convocation Ceremony

May 27, 1 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-general of the World Health Organization

Find out more details about the virtual Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health convocation ceremony.

Updates about graduation events will be made as more information becomes available.

"Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for your continued commitment to our community." —HMS Dean George Q. Daley

Visit the HMS coronavirus information for the HMS community web page for details about 2021 Summer semester plans.