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Jeremy Lin ’10 Named 2021 College Class Day Speaker

Professional basketball player Jeremy Lin ’10 will address the College’s Class of 2021 at this year’s virtual Class Day on May 26, the University announced Monday.

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Bacow Hopes for ‘As Close to a Traditional’ Post-Covid Commencement As Possible for Classes of ’20, ’21

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Thursday that Harvard intends for future in-person celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to closely mirror traditional Commencement Exercises with just “as much pomp and circumstance.”

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College

‘Doesn’t Cut It’: College Seniors React to Commencement Announcement

Harvard’s decision Friday to postpone its in-person Commencement Exercises in favor of a May virtual ceremony for the second year in a row was met with dismay but expectation from some seniors.

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Harvard Postpones 370th Commencement, Ruth J. Simmons To Speak at Virtual Ceremony

Harvard will postpone its Commencement Exercises and hold a virtual ceremony in May for the second consecutive year to heed public health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced Friday.

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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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Commencement

Bacow Confers 1,542 College Degrees in Harvard’s First Virtual Graduation

In Harvard’s first online commencement ceremony, University President Lawrence S. Bacow conferred 1,542 bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees to the Class of 2020.

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Lowell’s commencement ceremony in 2019. Traditionally on Commencement Day, seniors attend Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theater, followed by House-specific ceremonies to confer diplomas.

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The History of Harvard's Commencement, Explained

2020 isn’t the first year Harvard’s traditional Commencement Exercises were cancelled or postponed.

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Harvard Medical School Names Robert Satcher Jr. 2020 Class Day Speaker

Harvard Medical School announced Thursday that astronaut, chemical engineer, and surgeon Robert L. Satcher Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Medical School and Dental School Class Day ceremonies.

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Harvard Law School Names Bryan Stevenson 2020 Commencement Speaker

Public interest lawyer Bryan A. Stevenson will be the speaker for the Harvard Law School Class of 2020’s virtual commencement ceremonies.

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College

Conan O’Brien ’85 to Address Harvard Seniors as Part of Commencement Festivities

Comedian and television host Conan O’Brien ’85 will speak at the Class of 2020’s virtual Commencement celebration on May 28, Harvard wrote in an email to College seniors Tuesday afternoon.

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Commencement

Harvard Forms Committee to Plan Online Ceremony, Prepares for Postponed Traditional Commencement Exercises

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Monday that Harvard formed a committee to plan for an online graduation ceremony and has begun to develop arrangements for its postponed 369th Commencement Exercises.

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College

Harvard Postpones 369th Commencement Exercises

Heeding advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as its own faculty, Harvard will indefinitely postpone its 369th Commencement Exercises, University President Lawrence S. Bacow wrote in an email Friday.

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Washington Post Editor Baron Named 2020 Harvard Commencement Speaker

Washington Post executive editor Martin “Marty” Baron will travel north to Cambridge this May to speak at Harvard’s 369th commencement ceremony on May 28, according to a University statement released Tuesday.

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Crime

Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for 2017 Harvard Black Commencement Bomb Threat

Phoenix, Ariz. resident Nicholas Zuckerman was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release Wednesday after he threatened to bomb Harvard's 2017 black Commencement ceremony.

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