Commencement Program- Classes 2020-21

This page will be for the Cabot alumni classes of 2020 & 2021 to use for information about the House program at Cabot on Memorial Day Weekend 2022. 

Here is the link to the University page about the event

Here is the link to the Harvard Alumni site about the event

If you have questions, please contact: commencement_20and21@harvard.edu

 

Tickets & notes for Commencement Day, May 29:  This section is intended for your guests. Please share with them. (It’s also on the Commencement website). 

Gates open at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 29th for Commencement.

Security notes: Please be aware that all bags are subject to searches upon entrance into Harvard Yard on Commencement morning. Bags bigger than 12”x12”x12” are not permitted. Strollers are not allowed inside Tercentenary Theater (old yard area only). Be sure to give yourself enough time to be checked by security.=

Getting tickets to ticketed events: Graduates will be responsible for registering themselves and their guests. For reasons of safety and comfort, up to three guest tickets can be requested for the events for the College Classes where guests are invited. As usual, some of the events are only for members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

Commencement Day seating in Harvard Yard & bathrooms in Harvard Yard: Parents & guests of graduates have seating in section C for Morning Exercises, just behind the graduates, and on the left side of Widener library. These seats are not reserved—your ticket allows you entrance into the Yard, but does not guarantee your seat. Those with special accessibility tickets will have seating near University Hall. Bathrooms are located in Thayer Hall, Weld hall, and Sever Hall.

Maps of Harvard available at: http://map.harvard.edu/ or this resource map.

Cabot Events:  The full event overview is here. You may have already received this in the mail. We wanted to point out a couple of things happening at Cabot House:

Saturday, May 28th—Move In (pick up keys at Cabot Science Library [not us]):* Registration/check-in opens for move-in at 8 a.m. Keys are given to you at the Cabot Science Library, at the Harvard Science Center. From there, you are welcome to make your way to Cabot and to your assigned room. Sheets and towels will be provided in your rooms. Please note that Cabot did not have a hand in your room assignments for this ceremony. You are welcome to complain to Amanda about your housing nonetheless. She’s used to it. Just as a note, the class of 2022 graduated on 5/26, and we anticipate their rooms not being available for housing. The registration desk closes at 8 p.m. on 5/28.

Saturday, May 28th, 4:30 - 6:30 pm: House Reception (Quad lawn): We are delighted to invite the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to a special reception on the quad lawn under our tent. Snacks and drinks will be served. Ian, Crate, Stephanie and Rakesh are excited to welcome you. Just as a reminder, you have a class dinner in Harvard Yard at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 28th, 8-10 p.m.: Quiet conversation rooms: Cabot is holding the Cabot Living Room (E-Entry), the Theater (F-Entry), and the Barnard Common Room (M/N Entry) for quiet conversations. Please remember that we live in a residential area, and our neighbors are not graduating, and they can be sensitive to noise.  Please be respectful of our neighbors and your fellow graduates.

Sunday, May 29th: Commencement Day

Sunday, May 29th, 6 a.m.-6:45 a.m.: Breakfast in Cabot Dining Hall: Please come to the dining hall dressed in regalia and bring your Harvard ID. A special breakfast will be served. Cabot commencement staff will hand out lanyards to put your ID into. We will depart at 6:45 a.m. to the Science Center Plaza for morning exercises.

Sunday, May 29th, 8 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Morning Exercises in Harvard Yard (live stream in Cabot Theater for guests): The first part of Commencement (called Morning Exercises) takes place in Harvard Yard, in Tercentenary Theater. If you have guests with mobility constraints, or who would prefer not to go through the crowds at Harvard Yard, Cabot will be streaming morning exercises in our theater, in F-Entry.

Sunday, May 29th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Diploma Ceremony at Cabot House— (Radcliffe quadrangle lawn, 60 Linnaean St, Cambridge): After Morning Exercises in Harvard Yard conclude, please return to Cabot House for your House ceremony. Please attempt to arrive by 11 a.m. As a reminder, your guests do not need a ticket to watch you at this ceremony—our ceremony will be on the Radcliffe quad lawn, starting at approximately 11 a.m. There is no restriction on how many can attend this event, however, the first five rows of seats are reserved for the graduating seniors. The quad lawn is wheelchair accessible. Lunch will also be served on the quad lawn, under the tent. In the case of inclement weather, our ceremony will be held under the tent.

Sunday, May 29th, 8-10 p.m.: Quiet conversation rooms: Cabot is (still) holding the Cabot Living Room (E-Entry), the Theater (F-Entry), and the Barnard Common Room (M/N Entry) for quiet conversations. Again, please remember that we live in a residential area, and our neighbors are not graduating, and they can be sensitive to noise.  Please be respectful of your fellow graduates & neighbors who may want sleep.

Accessibility/Special considerations for guests: The Commencement website has a pretty good listing of their accessible services.

Commencement Day special seating in Harvard Yard: Parents of graduating seniors have seating in section C, on the left side of Widener library. These seats are not reserved—your ticket allows you entrance into the Yard, but does not guarantee your seat. Those with mobility/special accessibility tickets will have seating near University Hall. To obtain special accessibility tickets, the graduating senior 2020/2021 must request them as part of the online registration process. Bathrooms are located in Thayer Hall, Weld hall, and Sever Hall.

Commencement broadcasts: If you would prefer not to go into Harvard Yard on Commencement Morning, Cabot House will be showing Morning exercises in our theater (F-Entry). The entrance is wheelchair accessible. Other options for watching include: 

  • Morning exercises and the afternoon program will be broadcast on Comcast channel 283 in the Boston/Brookline and Cambridge/Greater Boston area.
  • You may watch a live webcast at http://www.Harvard.edu
  • The complete Sunday morning exercises will be carried live on Harvard's radio station, WHRB (95.3 FM, streamed at www.whrb.org) beginning with coverage of the academic procession beginning a little before 8 am.

Cabot bathrooms: Cabot has bathrooms in the A-Entry basement and the dining hall for all guests. There is also a bathroom off of the theater for those who choose to watch the live stream from there in the morning. Guests with accessibility needs are encouraged to use the bathroom in the dining hall.

Harvard Yard Resource Map—if you need to know where certain resources are in Harvard Yard, this map is pretty useful. 

Shuttles & Parking:

Parking is available at the Soldier’s Field Parking Garage at the Harvard Business School Campus for your commencement—this includes accessible parking (there will be a shuttle from that lot). There are a number of public parking options in the Harvard Square area too.  There is absolutely no parking at the Radcliffe Quad on Commencement Day—they are reserved for Commencement technicians & vendors, the shuttle, & emergency vehicles. 

A shuttle will be running from the parking areas in athletics up to Harvard Square (0 JFK St) and another shuttle will run from Harvard Square to the Radcliffe Quadrangle. These shuttles will run 6 am - 9 pm on Commencement Day. 

 

Pictures & video

Pictures: GradImages is taking pictures of each graduate with the faculty deans, holding their diploma. They will contact you in June with proofs if you would like to purchase your picture.

Video: Educational Support Services is videotaping our Cabot ceremony. Once they give the House a copy of their video, Amanda will share it with you. In other words, we will not be livestreaming the Cabot ceremony, but we will send you a video link to your ceremony when it becomes available.

Move out:

Move-out is by 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30th. Cabot is not empowered to extend move-out. We have to clean all rooms and prepare for reunion move-in on June 1.