2014 Commencement

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Welcome to the HDS Commencement site where you will find the schedule of events, ticket information, and information about logistics.

Students can access complete information on my.hds (login required) as it becomes available. If you are not a student and have questions about any of the Divinity School's Commencement activities, please email

Mumps Advisory

As you may know, there has been an outbreak of mumps in many parts of the United States in the Harvard community. The number of cases has increased steadily in the last few weeks. As of May 10, 2016, there have been 58 positively identified cases at the university.

Dense social and public spaces where people are in close proximity can present an increased risk of contracting and spreading the infection. Therefore, we want to ensure that you are aware of this situation and allow you the opportunity to take any necessary precautions.

Individuals who have previously had mumps are considered immune to the virus. However, those who have been vaccinated for mumps—though much less likely to contract the virus—can still be infected.

Populations most at risk for infection or complications include the elderly, small children, pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems, and those who have not been vaccinated. If you are unsure whether or not you have been vaccinated, you should contact your primary health care provider.

Harvard University Health Services has been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Cambridge Public Health Department to track and monitor the situation. Harvard’s campus is open and life here continues largely unaffected.

We plan to go forward with all Commencement activities and hope you will be able to join us. Those with questions or concerns about their risk of exposure are advised to consult their primary health care provider. For any concerns or questions, please email

Additional information about Commencement events is available on the Harvard University Commencement website.

Please note: All persons, bags, and personal items are subject to inspection before entering Harvard Yard. No backpacks of any type will be admitted. No bag or item larger than 12" x 12”x 12” will be permitted inside the Yard.

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