Commencement Info

Harvard Commencement
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Congratulations, Dunster Seniors!

Friends and families, please note that the entrance to Dunster House is located on Cowperthwaite Street in Cambridge. Please look for the two large columns marking the walkway to the main entrance.

Commencement is comprised of three components: the ceremonial Morning Exercises (9:45 am), during which University degrees are conferred; the mid-day luncheons and diploma-awarding (Noon) ceremonies, and the afternoon Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (2:30 pm), during which Harvard’s president and the featured Commencement speaker deliver their addresses.

Commencement morning for graduating Seniors begins with breakfast in the House at 6:00 am. Shortly thereafter, students will make their way to the Chapel service in Memorial Church which starts at 8:00 am. Immediately following, the graduating seniors will line up in the Old Yard to join in the academic procession into Tercentenary Theatre for the Morning Exercises.

The Morning Exercises, which take place in the outdoor Tercentenary Theatre, is a ticketed event, and those without a ticket will not be admitted. A ticket allows admission into the Theatre but does not guarantee a seat. Seats are on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved. The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited. All Graduating Seniors will receive a total of four (4) tickets to the Morning Exercises for their parents and guests. Tickets can be obtained at the Senior Desk (details below).  There will be a Diploma Awarding Ceremony for Dunster House seniors starting at 12:00 p.m. in the Dunster courtyard. You may invite as many guests to the Dunster event as you wish. The ceremony will be followed by a buffet lunch. You will each receive 3 complimentary lunch tickets, one for yourself, and 2 for your guests. Additional tickets may be purchased at the Senior Desk or at the checker’s counter here in Dunster.

There will also be a Faculty Deans’ Family Reception the evening before Commencement, Wednesday, May 29th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Dunster House Courtyard for  for parents, family members, and friends of the Dunster Class of 2019!

Senior Desk

Where: Harvard Alumni Association, 124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th Floor
When: May 15, May 21, May 27, and May 29; 11:00 am–3:00 pm
HUID required; Seniors must have completed their senior survey to get tickets!

Senior Week

All tickets for Senior Week events and activities are obtained through the Harvard Box Office, except otherwise noted.

Harvard Box Office:
Where: Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue
When: Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
HUID required.

Harvard Box Office Ticket Senior Week Events:
• Moonlight Cruise—$37
• An Evening at the Harvard Museum of Natural History—Free
• Last Chance Dance (21+)—$38
• Senior Soirée—$40

Buy Your Tickets Online at
Tickets purchased online incur a one-time transaction fee of $6.00 for paid events and $3.00 for free events.

Non-Harvard Box Office Ticket Senior Week Events:
• Senior Outdoor Reflection Trip—$70 (
• Senior Talent Show—Free (Sanders Theatre BO day of performance beginning at 7:00 pm).

All Senior Week tickets with paid admission are SEF-eligible. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will sell out.

Dining During Senior Week:

Adams, Currier, and Quincy dining halls are open for lunch and dinner Saturday, May 18,through Saturday, May 25

LUNCH: Currier and Quincy: 12:00–2:15 p.m. Adams: 1:30–3:45 p.m.  (Please note: Lunch in Currier on Thursday, May 23, will be held from 1:30–3:45 p.m.)

DINNER: Currier and Quincy: 5:00–7:15 p.m. Adams: 6:30–8:45 p.m. (Please note: Dinner times and locations vary on two days during Senior Week:)

  • On Monday, May 20, dinner will be served only at the Senior BBQ at the Harvard Stadium from 5:00–7:00 p.m.
  • On Thursday, May 23, dinner will be served only at Camp Harvard in the Quad from 6:30–8:45 p.m.

Pickup on Monday, May 20, will take place at the Senior BBQ at Harvard Stadium, and pickup on Thursday, May 23, will take place at Camp Harvard in the Quad.

For students observing Ramadan, the following resources are available:

1. Nightly community iftar meals are available in the Lowell Lecture Hall from 8:00-9:00 p.m.

2. Students observing Ramadan may identify themselves to their dining hall checker and request a meal to go. Please refrigerate the food immediately in either your personal refrigerator or the student kitchen.

3. Bagged meals are available from HUDS. Orders placed by 4:00 a.m. will be available for pickup at the opening of the dining hall. Students may order a breakfast to be picked up at dinnertime for their pre-dawn meal the following day.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do I get My Commencement Week Tickets?
Tickets for Commencement Week (except where otherwise noted) can be picked up at Senior Desk, located at the Harvard Alumni Association (124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th Floor), weekdays from 11:00 am–3:00 pm, on May 15, May 21, May 27, and May 29. HUID required.

You must complete the online senior exit survey, titled “Senior Survey,” before you pick up your Commencement Week tickets. Graduating seniors will receive an email containing a URL to access the survey, which opens in early May. The survey may take up to 24 hours to process, so please wait until the next business day before picking up your tickets.

Each senior must pick up their own tickets in person. No tickets (allotted, free, or purchased) will be available onsite at Commencement Week events. Please make an effort to pick up your tickets early; you can expect a considerable wait during the last days of Senior Desk. Additional tickets for some events are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will run out. Please bring your HUID, as only you can pick up your Commencement Week tickets—no exceptions.

What Is the Attire for Commencement Week Activities?
Business casual attire is appropriate for all Commencement Week activities.

At Which Events is Regalia Required?
Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Literary Exercises (for PBK seniors), Baccalaureate Procession and Service, and the Class of 2019 photograph on Tuesday, May 22, and for the Commencement Morning Exercises and the Diploma Presentation ceremonies on Thursday, May 24. HUID Required.

Where do Graduating Seniors get their Academic Regalia?
Cap and gown rentals are available for pickup starting in mid-May leading up to Commencement, in the textbook department on the third floor of the Coop, located on Palmer Street, during normal store hours (Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am 9:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am–7:00 pm). No reservations or pre-orders are required ahead of time. The Coop is also open early on Commencement Day for regalia pickup (beginning at 6:15 am on Thursday, May 24).

Will Commencement Week Activities be Available for Online Viewing? 
The Class Day Exercises, Morning Exercises, and Afternoon Program will be streamed online at

Is Parking Available During Commencement Week?
For the Senior Class Family Reception, complimentary parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage on a first-come, first-served basis. On Class Day and Commencement Day, complimentary parking is available at the Allston campus on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Harvard Transportation & Parking office at

Maps of Harvard available at:

A shuttle will be running from the parking areas in athletics up to Harvard Square (JFK St). These shuttles will run 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Class Day (May 29th) and 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Commencement Day (May 30th).

Individuals Seeking Accommodations 

Harvard University welcomes individuals seeking accommodations to participate in its programs and activities. Information on accessibility and requesting accommodations for guests please visit: Guests with further questions on accessibility parking needs or accommodation please  send an email to to discuss. Students seeking accommodations for themselves are encouraged to contact the Accessible Education Office at: AEO will be the best point of contact to discuss any needs you may have for the yard procession, diploma ceremony, or other events.

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