On Sunday, May 29, 2022, the Graduate School of Design will host Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

Harvard University and the Graduate School of Design will celebrate the resilient recent graduates who experienced one-of-a-kind virtual graduation ceremonies but were unable to participate in traditional, on-campus Harvard University Commencement exercises due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activities on May 29 will include the Harvard Yard morning ceremony and in-person aspects of a GSD Diploma Ceremony that were not possible online.

2020 and 2021 graduates can expect to hear more from Alumni Relations as specifics are finalized for the GSD’s celebrations. Please check this website frequently for information specific to GSD Commencement.

All graduates and guests should expect continued COVID-19 protection and prevention practices while on-campus. This may include requirements such as mask use and vaccination or testing to participate in events. Currently, the University is requiring those coming to campus to be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine, and the GSD is requiring masks to be worn while indoors or in closely packed outdoor situations. The University will continue to actively monitor public health conditions and communicate expectations and guidelines to graduates and guests participating in Commencement.

Information for Alumni and Guests

Tickets, Lodging, and Travel

Alumni should refer to the Harvard University page for Commencement 2020 and 2021 for initial information on tickets, housing/hotel accommodations, travel, costs, and financial assistance.

Alumni can expect to receive additional information in early 2022 and throughout the spring. 

Visa support letters for international guests

If you are a 2020 or 2021 graduate and you and/or your guest(s) require a visa support letter in order to travel to Cambridge to participate in Commencement on May 29, 2022, please fill out this form.

The GSD can provide an official letter to the US consulate in your or your guest's home country, officially supporting the visa application. Letters will be issued in secured PDF form and will be sent via email. Letters will be processed within 5-10 business days of when your form is submitted.


Graduates will have the opportunity to request accommodations for guests with disabilities or other needs requiring accommodation to participate fully in the celebrations.

Live webcasts

Key events will be available by live public webcast for anyone unable to attend in person. All webcasts will include live captions.


For further questions about Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021, please contact commencement_20and21@gsd.harvard.edu.

You may also wish to view the university-wide Commencement site.

Additional Information

You can view the archived ceremonies for Virtual Commencement events in 2020 and 2021 on YouTube:

You can also view the virtual exhibitions for the classes of 2020 and 2021: