Commencement Tickets

Tickets for Morning Commencement Exercises

Each graduate is entitled to two guest tickets for the Morning Exercises in the Yard on Thursday morning. These tickets will be available to the graduates from the Registrar's Office. Tickets do not guarantee seating, so parents and guests of degree candidates should plan their arrival accordingly.

On Commencement morning, the Harvard Yard gates will open at 6:45 am. No one without a ticket will be admitted to Harvard Yard in the morning. Please note that lines for guest entry into Harvard Yard are forming as early as 5 am at the various gates.

The Morning Exercises are mostly ceremonial; some families and friends may prefer to avoid the large crowd and instead enjoy a large-screen viewing of the Morning Exercises in the Sperry Room in Andover Hall at HDS. The exercises will also be broadcast in the Science Center and Sanders Theatre, which are very close to Harvard Yard. Tickets for these venues are not required.

Tickets for Afternoon Exercises

Tickets are required for the Afternoon Exercises and will be available to graduating students from the Registrar's Office. Each student will receive two free tickets. Tickets do not guarantee seating; graduates will need their Harvard ID to gain admittance to the Afternoon Exercises and their guests will require a ticket.

The speaker will be announced by Harvard University at a later date. 

Tickets for the Commencement Luncheon

HDS is delighted to host the 2018 Commencement Luncheon on Andover Lawn, under the Commencement tent, in Rockefeller Cafeteria, and around the Campus Green from 1 to 3 pm on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Lunches in reusable HDS lunch bags can be ordered for guests, friends, and visitors for $28 per lunch until Friday, May 11, 2018. Dietary preferences and restrictions have been taken into account, but if you have different dietary needs, please send an email to

Each graduating student will receive one complimentary luncheon for themselves. This luncheon will be ordered through a different website (and the link will be emailed to the graduating students directly in April/May).

Families, friends and guests are encouraged to make their lunch selections before the deadline. A limited number of additional tickets will be available for $35 on Commencement day in Andover 200, but the choices will be limited and we are unable to guarantee accommodation of food allergies at this point. Please be sure to pre-order especially if you have specific dietary needs and restrictions.