Each year, the University President confers degrees at the University Commencement Ceremony. The conferral, or awarding, of degrees is when the degree is technically completed and graduation occurs.
On Thursday, May 28, we celebrated that spirit and much more as we came together virtually to honor the graduation of the Class of 2020 and conferred their hard-earned degrees. The University live streamed this event and, directly following, Harvard Kennedy School hosted a virtual graduation celebration.
We realize YouTube access may be prohibited in certain countries and territories. The Harvard University and HKS Class of 2020 virtual graduation celebrations are also available on Panopto. Links to these celebrations were emailed to our HKS graduates from these countries and territories on Thursday, May 28.
The recorded events will be available on YouTube for several months.
During the HKS Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Celebration, each graduate had their name listed in alphabetical order by degree program. We know this does not recreate an in-person ceremony, but this was an opportunity to recognize the graduate by name in some way.
The Coop is automatically processing refunds for regalia rentals; no action is needed by students. Contact the Coop at email@example.com with any questions. Rentals will be available for the in-person celebration once it is safe to host this event on campus.
At this time, we do not have a date set for the on-campus celebration for the Class of 2020. We are monitoring the advisories and once we are cleared to start making plans for group gatherings, we will begin communicating plans for a campus ceremony and celebration.