Convocation

During Convocation, we'll formally welcome you to Harvard College and share the values, history, and traditions of our community.
 

As the start of the fall term quickly approaches, we wish to celebrate students new to Harvard College during Convocation. The ceremony marks your official start as members of the Harvard community.

Convocation provides an understanding of the values, history, and traditions of our institution. Convocation will help you develop a sense of belonging and class unity with other new students, with inspirational messages from a current student leader and University officials, including President Bacow. The event includes musical performances by members of the Harvard Choruses, Kuumba Singers, the Harvard Band, and other undergraduate musicians.

What to wear: Semi-formal attire is suggested. We welcome students to wear clothing that reflects their culture or heritage. Masks are also required to wear during the procession into Tercentenary Theatre. 

About guests: To keep our community safe, we regret that guests are not permitted at Convocation this year. We will record this ceremony and share widely with the community.

For information about accessibility of this event and to request accommodations related to disability, including transportation, please contact the Accessible Education Office as soon as possible at aeo@fas.harvard.edu

First-Year Convocation

Convocation for the Class of 2025 will take place in person in Tercentenary Theatre on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Beginning at 1:30pm, gather with your proctor outside your dorm. You'll receive your class pin, take pictures, and process into Tercentenary Theatre.

Sophomore Convocation

Convocation for the Class of 2024 will take place in person in Tercentenary Theatre on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. You will receive more information from your Faculty Dean or Resident Dean about your residential community's meeting time and location to proceed to the Yard for the ceremony. After the recessional, you will proceed to Widener Library steps to take your class photo. Following the class photo, we invite you to attend the Class of 2024 Ice Cream Social where you will collect your class pin.