Information for Students
Guests with Disabilities
Please visit the Harvard Commencement page:
Broadcast of Yard Exercises
Please visit the Harvard Commencement Office
TUESDAY, May 28, 2013
Pick up tickets!
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Starting at 2:00 pm, tickets will be available for pick up in Student Services. If you have any type of hold on your account (including completing the Graduating Student Survey), you will not be eligible to pick up tickets. We will have laptops available to fill out the survey.
Tickets will be available for pick up Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. You can also pick up your tickets at the reception on Wednesday night and Thursday morning starting at 7:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2013
Class Day Speaker
Richard Saul Wurman
Former chair and creator of the TED Conference
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm in Piper Auditorium. Grads, families, friends and invited guests are welcomed.
Brief remarks by Ron Ostberg, Outgoing Chair of the Alumni Council
Class photographs will be held in Piper followed by a rehearsal of the GSD ceremony in the studio trays. Schedule as follows:
2:45 p.m. Architecture
3:30 p.m. Landscape Architecture
4:00 p.m. Urban Planning and Design
4:30 p.m. Master in Design Studies/Doctor of Design
Reception honoring the Class of 2013
Gund Hall Porticos, porch and lobby. Graduating students, their families and friends, faculty and staff, alumni and guests are invited. Dress: Business Casual
5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, May 30, 2013
Harvard-wide ceremony on Yard starting at 9:45am
(2 guest tickets per graduate)
GSD diploma ceremony approximately starting at 12:15pm
(3 guest tickets per graduate)
Lunch for GSD graduates and family/friends
(tickets required – will be made available)
Harvard Alumni Association meeting starting at 2:30
For international students who would like to invite relatives, extended family and friends to visit the US for the graduation exercises, they will most likely need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. The Graduate School of Design will provide a Commencement invitation. Please email the Commencement Coordinator, Carlos Reyes, with the following information:
- First Name, Last Name
- Home address of the invited guests (and their relation to the student)
- Program currently enrolled
Please allow 2-3 business days for requests to be processed. A notification via email will be sent when the letter is ready.
A NOTE FROM CAREER SERVICES:
You need to complete the 2013 Graduating Student Survey BEFORE you receive Commencement tickets. You will need to provide your name at the end of the survey so that we know you actually completed it. Without confirmation, you will not be able to pick up your tickets.
It is very important for department accreditation to have your participation. All individual responses are strictly CONFIDENTIAL. Your individual information is NOT shared with anyone.
Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HQY8PSK
Our goal is for every 2013 graduate to complete the Survey, even if your plans are not yet settled. Career Services will be selecting 20 winners from the pool of students who complete the Survey by May 29th . Prizes include a variety of products as well as gift cards. A few minutes is needed to fill out the survey. Take a moment and complete the Survey.