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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.
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 and the Memorial Church. 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 three free tickets. Tickets do not guarantee seating; graduates will need a ticket to gain entrance to the Afternoon Exercises.
Tickets are required for the Commencement Luncheon. Graduating students will receive one free ticket each. Students must reserve their tickets through my.hds. Families and friends of graduating students who wish to purchase tickets for the HDS Commencement Luncheon can order them online.
A small number of lunches will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis, on the day of Commencement in the Dean's Office on the 2nd floor of Andover (Andover 203), but the number and choices will be very limited.