Harvard Kennedy School celebrates the graduating students who carry the School’s mission of public service around the globe. Our graduates embody the aspiration that skilled leadership and smart public policy can improve people’s lives.

For general information about Harvard Commencement, details about tickets, events schedules, and locations, visit commencement.harvard.edu.

Read about exceptional graduates and watch the live streams, which will include remarks from Juan Manuel Santos MC/MPA 1981, former president of Colombia, and Dean Douglas Elmendorf.

Commencement Week 2019

Event information for graduates and their guests

Please note that these events are not open to the public

Tuesday, May 28

2:30 p.m. – Class Day Awards Ceremony*, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building


Wednesday, May 29

2 p.m. – Graduation Address* given by Juan Manuel Santos MC/MPA 1981, former president of Colombia and Nobel peace laureate, JFK Memorial Park.


Thursday, May 30 - Commencement Day

9:45 a.m. – Morning Exercises, Harvard Yard. Please see the Harvard Commencement site for event details. 

11:45 a.m. – HKS Diploma Ceremony*, JFK Memorial Park. Seating opens at 10:30 am.

HKS Luncheon, JFK Memorial Park. Begins immediately following the diploma ceremony.

2:30 p.m. – Afternoon Program featuring Harvard Commencement speaker German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Harvard Yard.  Please see the Harvard Commencement site for event details.


Friday, May 31

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Class Brunch, JFK Memorial Park

*These events will be livestreamed.