Affinity graduation ceremonies are student-led, staff supported events that aim to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of graduates from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities.
These events provide an opportunity for graduates to honor those who have helped them achieve their milestone while centering their cultural traditions and values. Affinity celebrations are open to all Harvard graduates; preregistration is required.
Championing student organizations plan the ceremonies, hosted by the Harvard community. In 2022, Harvard will host six affinity graduation ceremonies. They are:
AAPI/APIDA Graduation - May 23, 7–9 p.m. in Tercentenary Theater
Black Graduation - May 24, 3:30–5:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre
Latinx Graduation - May 24, 7-9 p.m. at Sanders Theatre
Lavender Graduation - May 24, 1–3 p.m. at Harvard Divinity School
Next Gen (FGLI+) Graduation - May 24, 9:30–11:30 a.m. at Harvard Memorial Church
University-wide Native American Program and Indigenous Graduation - May 26, 4–5 p.m., Sheraton Commander Hotel
These celebrations offer keynote speakers, performances, and cultural celebrations in addition to the Harvard University Commencement and School-based ceremonies. Graduates recieve a stole created for their affinity group. Dates and details will follow.
Check out videos of the 2021 Affinity Graduation Ceremonies on the OEDIB YouTube channel.
Visit the Harvard Commencement Office website for details about the University's 2022 ceremonies.