Harvard and HMS/HSDM Graduation Celebrations

COVID-19 Guidance for Graduation Events

Harvard University has shared the following COVID-19 public health guidance for those attending commencement-related activities, including Harvard University Commencement and HMS graduation celebrations.

Updated as of May 23:

  • COVID-19 transmission is rated as “high” in Boston and Cambridge. Please use this knowledge as you plan your commencement activities.
  • Get tested every day that you have a scheduled event, even if you are not experiencing symptoms.
    • Rapid antigen tests are widely available at area pharmacies.
    • Harvard’s Color PCR testing is still available. We encourage those enrolled in this program to continue using it, in addition to rapid tests.
  • If you test positive, do not attend commencement events during your isolation period.
    • After testing positive, adhere to the 5-day home isolation guidance.
    • For the full 10 days, follow strict masking and do not drink or dine in proximity to other people.
    • Visit the Keep Harvard Healthy website for more information.
  • If you have symptoms, no matter how mild, please do not attend commencement events – even if you test negative.
  • For indoor and crowded outdoor events, wear a high-quality mask that fits securely without air gaps around your nose and mouth. See mask guidance here.
  • If attending events that involve unmasking to eat or drink, minimize any unmasked mingling and mask up whenever you can.

Ceremony Information

Wednesday, May 25, 12:30 p.m.

HMS Master's Ceremony, Class of 2022

The Class of 2022 Master's Graduation Ceremony will be livestreamed on the graduation page and on the HMS YouTube channel

Wednesday, May 25, 10 a.m.

Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Graduation Celebration, Class of 2022

HST Graduation Celebration page

Thursday, May 26, 2 p.m.

HMS/HSDM Class Day, Class of 2022

Class Day for the MD/DMD Class of 2022 will be livestreamed on the graduation page and on the HMS YouTube channel

Thursday, May 26, 5:15 p.m.

PhD Hooding Ceremony, Class of 2022

More details for Division of Medical Sciences Class of 2022 Hooding ceremony here.

The Class of 2022 PhD Hooding Ceremony will be livestreamed on the graduation page and on the HMS YouTube channel

Friday, May 27, 10:15 a.m.

PhD Hooding Ceremony, Classes of 2020 and 2021

More details for Division of Medical Sciences Classes of 2020 and 2021 Hooding ceremony here.

The Classes of 2020-2021 PhD Hooding Ceremony will be livestreamed on the graduation page and on the HMS YouTube channel

Sunday, May 29, 1 p.m.

HMS/HSDM Graduation Ceremony, Classes of 2020 and 2021

More details and update your alumni information here

The Classes of 2020-2021 MD/DMD graduation ceremony will be livestreamed on the graduation page and on the HMS YouTube channel

Harvard Commencement

Thursday, May 26, 8:30 a.m.

Harvard Commencement, Class of 2022

Details for Harvard Commencement for the Class of 2022 here

Sunday, May 29, 7 a.m.

Harvard Commencement Ceremony, Classes of 2020 and 2021

Details for Harvard Commencement Ceremony for Classes of 2020 and 2021 here

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Reception

Wednesday, May 25, 4:30 p.m.

GSAS Dean's Reception, Class of 2022

Details for GSAS graduation here

Harvard Chan School Graduation Events

Wednesday, May 25, TBD

Harvard Chan School Convocation, Class of 2022

Details for Harvard Chan School Class of 2022 Convocation here

Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m.

Harvard Chan School Graduation Ceremony, Classes of 2020 and 2021

Details for Harvard Chan School Graduation for Classes of 2020 and 2021 here

Harvard Affinity Graduation Ceremonies

AAPI/APIDA Graduation: May 23, 7–9 p.m., Tercentenary Theater

Black Graduation: May 24, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre

Latinx Graduation: May 24, 7–9 p.m., Sanders Theatre

Lavender Graduation: May 24, 1–3 p.m., Harvard Divinity School

Next Gen (FGLI+) Graduation: May 24, 9:30–11:30 a.m., Harvard Memorial Church

University-wide Native American Program and Indigenous Graduation: May 26, 4–5 p.m., Sheraton Commander Hotel

Details for Harvard affinity graduation ceremonies here