Each May, hundreds of students graduate from Harvard Kennedy School and carry the school’s mission of public service around the world. Whether pursuing careers in government, think tanks, academia, nonprofits, or the private sector, our graduates believe that skilled leadership and smart public policy can improve people’s lives.

As they march forth to start their next chapter, the new graduates hold colorful globes aloft as a symbol of this mission, echoing John F. Kennedy’s timeless words, “the torch has been passed to a new generation" and that through their commitment "the glow from that fire can truly light the world."

For specific information about Harvard Kennedy School Commencement activities, please see the schedule below. For general information about Harvard Commencement activities, details about tickets, events schedules, and locations, visit commencement.harvard.edu.

Commencement activities will be held Monday, May 21–Friday, May 25, 2018.

Please note that a schedule for Commencement 2018 will be posted as information becomes available.