From May 25 to June 4, 2021, WHRB is pleased to present broadcasts of many of Harvard University’s class of 2021 graduation events. Though the format may have changed due to the pandemic, the spirit and excitement of traditional graduation festivities continue. Details are evolving and subject to change.
Tuesday, May 25
2:00 PM: BACCALAUREATE
The graduating seniors at Harvard College share readings from various faiths, and the class is addressed at length for their last time as undergraduates by Harvard’s 29th President, Lawrence S. Bacow, JD ’76, MPP ’76, PhD ’78.
Wednesday, May 26
2:00 PM: CLASS
Class Day celebrates the graduating Harvard College Class of 2021. The program will include remarks from athlete and philanthropist Jeremy Lin '10; the senior Harvard Orator and Ivy Orator; Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, AM ’97, PhD ’98; incoming HAA President Vanessa Liu, AB ’96, JD ’03; and more.
Thursday, May 27
10:30 AM: HONORING THE HARVARD CLASS OF 2021
Even as a vast majority of the community are spread across the globe at this time, Harvard will gather virtually to acknowledge the conferral of degrees and the remarkable achievements of the Class of 2021. This year’s program features addresses (including one salutatory in Latin) by three students from the college and graduate schools, special remarks from President Lawrence S. Bacow, a celebration of honorary degree candidates, and a very special address by Ruth Simmons, PhD ’73, president of Prairie View A&M University. Additional details will be available via https://commencement.harvard.edu/.
Friday, June 4
11:30 AM: PRE-MEETING PROGRAM
12:00 PM: ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HARVARD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
This year’s meeting will include musical components, the celebration of the 2020 and 2021 Harvard Medalists, remarks from President Lawrence S. Bacow, and an address by Kevin Young, AB ’92, Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.