10 Oct Morning Exercises | Harvard University Commencement 2014
The Morning Exercises at Harvard’s 363nd Commencement at Tercentenary Theatre on May 29, 2014.
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Welcome to the 363rd Harvard Commencement. Although Harvard’s first Commencement in 1642 is more than 372 years behind us, Commencement numbering has fallen out of step as exercises were omitted for reasons ranging from war to plague. The cumulative effect is that 2014, for example, marks only the 363rd Harvard Commencement.
Commencement at Harvard is comprised of three components: the ceremonial Morning Exercises, during which University degrees are conferred; the mid-day luncheons and diploma-awarding ceremonies at the undergraduate Houses, Graduate and Professional Schools; and the afternoon Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, during which Harvard’s president and the featured Commencement speaker deliver their addresses.
The Morning Exercises, which convene in the outdoor Tercentenary Theatre, are attended by approximately 32,000 degree candidates, family members, faculty, alumni/ae, and guests.