Class Day: 28 May 2014

 
 
 
  • 8:30-10:00 am
Dean’s Award Breakfast
Dean’s House
 

The Dean’s Award honors graduating MBA students for making a positive impact on the HBS community and contributing to the well-being of society through exceptional acts of leadership.

Award recipients and their guests are invited.

 
 
  • 10:00 am-11:30 AM
HBS Leadership Fellows Brunch
Shad Tennis Courts (rain location: Batten Hall)
 

The HBS Leadership Fellows program gives a select group of graduating HBS students the chance to make an impact in nonprofit and public-sector organizations at a competitive salary for one year.

Fellows and their guests are invited.

 
 
  • 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
George F. Baker Scholar Luncheon
Spangler Center, Williams Room

Students who receive an M.B.A. with High Distinction degree are known as Harvard Business School’s Baker Scholars.

Baker Scholars and their guests are invited.

 
 
  • 2:30-4:00 PM
Class Day Ceremony
Baker Lawn (rain or shine)
 

MBA class presidents’ welcome followed by faculty awards, student speaker Casey Gerald, and a keynote by Salman (Sal) Khan, MBA 2003.

Open to graduates, their guests, and HBS faculty and staff (no tickets required).

Watch HBS Class Day and Commencement videos

 
 
 
 

Commencement: 29 May 2014

 
 
 
  • 6:30 am
Morning Commencement Exercise Assembly
Aldrich/Hawes Courtyard
 

MBA degree candidates assemble in front of Kresge for procession to Harvard Yard for the Morning Commencement Exercise. Academic regalia required; tickets required for anyone not in academic regalia (two tickets distributed to each graduate).

 
 
  • 6:45 am
Opening of the Gates to Harvard Yard

Gates to Harvard Yard open for Morning Commencement Exercises (tickets required). HBS guests enter Tercentenary Theatre through Gate D on Massachusetts Avenue.

Limited seating; early arrival recommended (two tickets distributed to each graduate).

 
 
  • 9:00-11:30 am
Harvard University Commencement Exercises
Harvard Yard (rain or shine)
 

The morning ceremony will be broadcast live from Harvard Yard on Comcast Cable (Channel 283 for Cambridge/Greater Boston area and Channel 12 for Boston/Brookline area). If unable to obtain tickets, guests may view the ceremony on the HBS campus in air-conditioned Burden Auditorium, Spangler Auditorium, or Spangler Grille (first come, first served).

 
 
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Lunch at Shad Hall and Tennis Courts
Shad Hall and Tennis Courts
 

Graduates and their guests are invited (five tickets distributed to each graduate).

 
 
  • 12:30-2:45 pm
HBS Diploma Ceremony
Baker Lawn
 

Graduates’ guests and HBS faculty and staff are invited to watch graduates receive their diplomas on stage, rain or shine (no tickets required).

 
Harvard University Alumni Meeting and Commencement Address
 
Harvard Yard
 

Optional event held concurrently with reception at HBS. Graduates (now Alumni!) meet between Massachusetts Hall and Harvard Hall under the “Graduate Schools” banner. The afternoon activities will be broadcast live from Harvard Yard on Comcast Cable (Channel 283 for Cambridge/Greater Boston area and Channel 12 for Boston/Brookline area).

  • 1:45 pm

Procession of alumni and dignitaries

  • 3:30 pm

Remarks by keynote speaker Michael R. Bloomberg, MBA '66.

Tickets required; three tickets distributed to each graduate

 
 
 
 
  • 3:00-4:30 pm
HBS Reception
Shad Tennis Courts (rain or shine)
 

Graduates, their guests, and HBS faculty and staff are invited (no tickets required).

 

 

A Note About Security
In an effort to provide a safe and secure environment on the Baker Library Lawn for the Class Day and Commencement celebrations, all bags will be subject to search by security personnel.  Due to space constraints on the Baker Library lawn, we ask that you leave large bags and luggage in your room or vehicle. 
 
Do you have a family member or guest traveling with a security detail?  We are here to help, please contact Mike Murphy at mimurphy@hbs.edu for more information.

 

Harvard Yard Ceremony Security
 
Harvard Yard gates open at 6:45 AM. All guests will be required to show a Commencement ticket to security personnel at the gate. Guests should be seated by 8:30 AM for the start of Commencement ceremony. Guest will be screened with hand wand magnetometers by security personnel.
 
No backpacks, strollers, duffle bags, or pouches will be allowed into the Harvard Yard. Handbags and pocketbooks will be searched by security.