Class Day: 29 May 2019

 
 
  • 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
Batten Hall 2nd 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 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 Alumni Achievement Awards, faculty awards, student Class Day speaker Brandon Rapp, and keynote speaker Michael R. Bloomberg (MBA 1966).

Open to graduates, their guests, and HBS faculty and staff (no tickets required). View the live stream on this page.

Read the press release

Watch HBS Class Day and Commencement videos

 
 
 
 

Commencement: 30 May 2019

 
 
  • 6:30 am
Morning Commencement Exercise Assembly
Chao Center
 

Degree candidates assemble in front of the Chao Center for the procession to Harvard Yard for the Morning Commencement Exercise. Academic regalia is required. Graduating students only need their Harvard ID to enter Harvard Yard.

 
 
  • 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. Each graduating student receives two tickets to give to two guests. Simulcast locations are available on the HBS campus. Details in the following section.

 
 
  • 8:30-11:30 am
Harvard University Commencement Exercises
Harvard Yard (rain or shine)
 

Each graduating student receives two tickets to give to two guests. Graduating students only need their Harvard ID to enter Harvard Yard.

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 HBS provides simulcast locations on the HBS campus in Klarman Hall for families and guests to watch the ceremony. Klarman Hall offers shelter, climate control, easy access to restrooms, and plenty of comfortable seating.

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

MBA graduates and their guests are invited. Each graduating student receives five lunch tickets (1 ticket for the graduating student, 4 tickets for their guests). Ticket color determines lunch location. If a graduating student has more than four people in their party, they can purchase additional lunch at Spangler Dining Hall and Spangler Grille. Graduates must take their assigned seats on Baker Lawn by 12:15 PM. Similarly, families and guests should plan to proceed to Baker Lawn by 12:15 PM to take their seats for the HBS Diploma Ceremony, which begins promptly at 12:30 PM.

 
 
  • 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 are required for the HBS Diploma ceremony. On Baker lawn, seating is open with great visibility throughout the lawn. Graduates sit with their section.

 
 
  • 1:30-4:00 PM
Doctoral Lunch
Williams Room, Spangler Hall
 

Doctoral graduates and their guests are invited. (Reservations required through the Doctoral Programs Office.)

Harvard Unversity Alumni Meeting
 
Harvard Yard
 

Optional event held concurrently with the 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).

  • 2:30 pm

Alumni meeting begins

  • 3:30 pm

Remarks by keynote speaker German Chancellor Angela Merkel

For the Harvard University keynote speaker, tickets are required to attend this event. Each graduating student receives two tickets to give to two guests. Graduating students only need their Harvard ID to enter Harvard Yard. The ceremony starts at 2:30 PM but the keynote speaker doesn’t speak until 3:30 PM. Arriving during the ceremony is perfectly acceptable. The HBS Diploma Ceremony ends in plenty of time to allow graduates and families to hear the keynote speaker. HBS will also simulcast the speech in Klarman Hall Auditorium. Many graduates and families opt to attend the HBS Reception.

 
 
 
 
  • 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 are required for the reception, all are welcome.

 
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 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 the 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.