Graduation is a day of ceremony and celebration at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. Students are granted the MD and any other advanced degrees they have earned, they are hooded, and they receive their diplomas.
Graduation traditionally consists of two parts: the Commencement Ceremony and Class Day.
Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a virtual event for Harvard University’s 369th Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 and an in-person celebration will be hosted sometime later (read more).
For HMS, Commencement and Class Day exercises will be held virtually instead of in-person to ensure the health and safety of our community during the pandemic.
Information about specific timelines and other details are distributed directly to graduating students.