Commencement 2017

Graduates in regalia celebrate at the end of Commencement ceremonies

Commencement for the academic year 2016-2017 will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Commencement Day activities include ceremonies in Harvard Yard and at the GSD, and the Harvard Commencement Address.

Schedule Overview

6:45 AM: Harvard Yard gates open to ticketed guests. Guests are requested to be seated by 8:15 am. Plan time to stand on line and to have your bags searched; view the Yard bag policy here.

7:00 AM: Graduates line up at GSD and process to Harvard Yard. Continental breakfast available at GSD for graduates and guests.

8:50 AM: Academic Procession into Harvard Yard and Commencement Ceremony (tickets required)

Approximately 12 noon: GSD Diploma Ceremony (follows Harvard Yard ceremony; tickets required)

Approximately 2 pm: GSD lunch for graduates and guests (immediately follows GSD Diploma Ceremony; tickets required)

2:30 pm: Harvard Alumni Association meeting and Commencement Address by Mark Zuckerberg in Harvard Yard (tickets required; bag policy same as for morning)

Please note that some ceremonies and meals are ticketed events. Graduates will receive information about tickets for themselves and their guests for all events requiring tickets or with limited attendance.

Please visit the GSD’s Commencement Week page for more information. You may also wish to view the university-wide Commencement site.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].