Class Day: 24 May 2017
- 8:30-10:00 am
Dean’s Award BreakfastDean’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 BrunchBatten Hall 3rd floor
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 LuncheonSpangler 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 CeremonyBaker Lawn (rain or shine)
MBA class presidents’ welcome followed by faculty awards, student speaker TBA, and keynote speaker TBA.
Open to graduates, their guests, and HBS faculty and staff (no tickets required).
Commencement: 25 May 2017
- 6:30 am
Morning Commencement Exercise AssemblyChao Center
Degree candidates assemble in front of the Chao Center 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 ExercisesHarvard 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 Spangler Auditorium or Spangler Grille (first come, first served).
- 11:30 am-12:30 pm
MBA Lunch at Shad Hall and Tennis CourtsShad Hall and Tennis Courts
MBA graduates and their guests are invited (five tickets distributed to each graduate).
- 12:30-2:45 pm
HBS Diploma CeremonyBaker 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
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 TBA.
Tickets required; three tickets distributed to each graduate
- 1:30-4:00 PM
Doctoral LunchWilliams Room, Spangler Hall
Doctoral graduates and their guests are invited. (Reservations required through the Doctoral Programs Office.)
- 3:00-4:30 pm
HBS ReceptionShad 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 Baker Library Lawn for the Class Day and Commencement celebrations, normal-size handbags, purses, and camera bags will be allowed and will be subject to search by security personnel. Please do not bring large-size bags, backpacks, luggage, briefcases, gift bags, wrapped gifts, packages, or balloons to the lawn area.
Do you have a family member or guest traveling with a security detail? We are here to help. Please contact Mike Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.