2016 COMMENCEMENT Information for faculty

For more information about the Harvard University Commencement see the links on the General Information page. See below for Harvard GSD Faculty specific commencement information.

Commencement Week Schedule for Faculty

Wednesday, May 25th
4:00 – 5:00pm Class Day Speaker, Toshiko Mori
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall
5:00 – 6:30pm Reception honoring the Class of 2016
Gund Hall 1st Floor
(Faculty encouraged to attend)
Thursday, May 26th
7:00 – 8:00am Continental Breakfast
1st Floor, Gund Hall
8:30am Faculty who wish to participate in the morning ceremony should assemble inthe Old Yard by Massachusetts Hall in cap, gown, and hood for the Academic procession. Enter the Old Yard through the Johnston Gate, the gate next to the Church St. MBTA entrance on Mass Ave (labeled as Alumni & Faculty on this map of entrances).
Please also refer to the "Old Yard Map"  – faculties are group #9 in map.
(ID Required)
7:00am Graduating students arrive at GSD. Complimentary breakfast available on 1st Floor, Gund Hall.
7:40am Graduating students depart Gund Hall for Harvard University’s 365th Commencement Procession and Ceremony.
8:50 – 11:30am Harvard University’s 365th Commencement Procession and Ceremony
Tercentenary Theater, Harvard Yard
(ID required)
11:45am Assemble prior to the GSD diploma ceremony-- Gund 123
12:00pm GSD Diploma Awarding Ceremony
Gund Hall Back Yard
1:30pm GSD Commencement Luncheon
Gund Hall
(Tickets required)
2:30-4:15pm Annual Meeting of Harvard Alumni Association
Tercentenary Theater, Harvard Yard
(Tickets required)

Ordering Caps and Gowns

To participate in the Morning Exercises and the GSD Diploma Awarding Ceremony faculty must wear academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood). Regalia may be rented or purchased through the Harvard Coop.

Please note that Harvard regalia rentals are only available for use at the Harvard Commencement in May. If you need regalia for use at another school's ceremony, you will need to purchase the regalia. For purchases, please email the Harvard Coop directly at 

Faculty will receive notification at the end of May when regalia is ready for pick-up from the Office of Student Services. All rentals must be clearly labeled and returned to the Office of Student Services shortly after graduation. 

Ordering Tickets

Lunch Tickets

Tickets for the GSD Luncheon following the GSD Diploma Ceremony can be ordered in advance through the survey link sent to Faculty Announce in mid-May.

Afternoon Alumni Event

Faculty interested in attending the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association will need a ticket. Please contact Grace Scheibner directly to place your order.

The featured speaker for 2016 is Steven Speilberg.

Grace Scheibner
Commencement Director, Harvard University

Phone: (617) 495-7918


For questions regarding Commencement, please send an email to or call (617) 495-5454.

Resources: Commencement: For Faculty

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