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We are delighted to welcome our HKS Classes of 2020 and 2021 back to campus Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2022 for an unforgettable and joyous Commencement.

Nothing can replace the energy and excitement of being together. This Commencement is a true celebration of these remarkable and resilient HKS graduates—and their families, friends, and loved ones who have supported them—and is an affirmation of our community’s strength and spirit. We look forward to giving them proper send-offs from the heart of Harvard Yard and the Harvard Kennedy School campus. 

The current schedule of events is below—it will be updated often as new information is confirmed. The Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates will continue to receive details about their celebrations in the coming weeks. 


Schedule of Events

Event times and locations are subject to change. Please read the HKS Commencement Week COVID Protocols

*HKS Class of 2022 graduates who were either in the fall flex program or originally members of the Class of 2021 but took leaves of absence are invited to join the degree program celebrations and graduates reception on Saturday, May 28. They are also invited to attend the Class of 2020 and 2021 HKS Commencement Ceremony as guests on Sunday, May 29.

Saturday, May 28

MPP, MPA/ID, MPA, and MC/MPA Degree Program Celebrations, 2-4 p.m.* | HKS Campus

Graduates reconnect and reminisce with their degree program classmates in gatherings organized by their degree program teams and class marshals.

Graduates Reception, 4-6 p.m.* | HKS Campus

Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates come together for a joyful reunion and celebration. Graduates may bring one (1) guest.


Sunday, May 29 | Commencement Day

Graduates must wear full academic regalia at all Commencement Day celebrations. You may wear your keepsake regalia if purchased for your Class of 2021 virtual graduation celebration. 

University-wide Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021, 8 a.m. | Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard university campus

U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland will address the graduates. Details will continue to be shared by the University in the coming weeks. Graduates receive three (3) guest tickets for this event.

Class of 2020 and 2021 HKS Commencement Ceremony, approximately 11 a.m.* | John F. Kennedy Memorial Park | Livestream Livestream icon.

This intimate ceremony is held directly following the University-wide Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021. Graduates’ names are called as they walk across the stage and they are photographed in their regalia. Guests do not need tickets to attend the HKS Commencement Ceremony.