Commencement 2020 News

Scalise at 136th Game
Commencement 2020

Bob Scalise’s Rules for Life

Scalise led Harvard's Athletics Department to athletic achievements, weathered its crises, and defended it from succumbing to the growing professionalization of collegiate sports. He will retire this summer.

Conan C. O’Brien ‘85 Speaks in Sanders Theatre

Comedian Conan O’Brien Addresses College Class of 2020

In Harvard College’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony, the Class of 2020 celebrated its achievements and commemorated its losses on Thursday with a colorful address from comedian Conan C. O’Brien ’85.

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After Going Viral, Undergraduate Council Leaders Struggle to Find Footing

For a Harvard Undergraduate Council election, the attention directed towards James A. Mathew ’21 and Ifeoma E. White-Thorpe ’21 was unprecedented, helping propel them to a narrow yet resounding victory.

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Who Does Harvard’s Endowment Serve?

At the close of Fiscal Year 2019, Harvard’s endowment was valued at $40.9 billion, the largest sum in its history. Then came the coronavirus pandemic.

Contracts Timeline
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‘A Recipe for Instability’ As Multiple Harvard Unions to Seek Contracts Amid Pandemic

The University’s contracts with four of those unions will expire later this year, forcing Harvard to renegotiate the agreements nearly simultaneously during a global pandemic.

Inside SEAS Allston SEC
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The Allston Science Complex’s Winding Path to Completion

COVID-19, which struck just as the SEC was teetering on the edge of completion, marks the latest development in a tale of conception and construction spanning the last three decades.

Kennedy Collage
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The Kennedy Connection

Eighty years later, JFK’s political dynasty is still alive at the school that helped spur it — thanks, in part, to a family-University relationship unlike any other.

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The Year of Provost Garber

With his training as an economist and a physician, deep knowledge of the University, and increasingly wide breadth of responsibilities and power, Garber is uniquely suited to run Harvard during an unprecedented financial and public health crisis.

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The Arrest of a Harvard Professor

Experts say the "academic espionage" case of Charles M. Lieber, the former chair of Harvard's Chemistry department, speaks volumes to souring U.S.-China relations.

Pusey Library
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Living Through History: The University-Wide Effort to Preserve the Pandemic

Harvard projects aim to preserve stories and evidence of the historic pandemic for future generations.

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Defining Public and Private in the Smith Campus Center

Smith Campus Center planners intended to create both a Harvard-focused community center and a public building open to Cambridge residents, but controversies over the treatment of non-affiliates and homeless individuals have highlighted the difficulty of striking that balance.

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Incoming Harvard Freshmen Imagine an Unprecedented Start to College

As the Class of 2020 graduates without the fanfare typical of a grand commencement ceremony, the Class of 2024 looks forward to entering Harvard as the world continues to fight an era-defining virus.

Eliot Dining Hall
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The Past and Present of Harvard’s Residential Dilemmas

If students return to campus at any point in the coming months, the house system and residential life they will experience is likely to be substantially different, thanks to COVID-19.

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‘The Senior Spring That We Didn’t Get’

With just five days left on campus as Harvard students, seniors in the College had to pack up all their possessions, bid uncertain goodbyes, and reconcile themselves to an unknown future.

Cambridge Public School Meals
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‘Working As One’: Cambridge Responds to School Closures

When the coronavirus pandemic caused many academic institutions to close in mid-March, students were sent home to transition to remote learning. Cambridge Public Schools was no exception.