Harvard 2020 Graduate Commencement Dates:





Thursday May 28, 2020


Ph.D. Regalia Attire

The Harvard University doctoral regalia is made of crimson with black velvet paneling and bars in the double-bell sleeves. The 4 corner black cap or velvet tam with a black tassel completes the outfit. Harvard’s doctoral hood is unique in that the black shell is velvet, instead of having a velvet trim like other schools.



Harvard Commencement

Quick History of Harvard

Harvard University was established as a private Ivy League research university in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This university is the oldest institution of higher learning in the nation and was founded by Massachusetts legislature. Its name comes from the school’s first benefactor, John Harvard. Since its founding, it is known for some of their famous alumni, including some of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and past presidents. The school is also famous for being home to the largest private library in the United States. Considered one of the world’s most prestigious universities, Harvard prides itself on its 375 years’ worth of history.


Although Harvard’s official mascot is Pilgrim John Harvard, it has been replaced by the popularity of the school’s color, crimson. The color originally became popular in 1858 when Harvard’s rowing team wore red bandanas so that they could be distinguished from the other schools. The color is now the nickname for the university’s newspaper and sports teams as “The Harvard Crimson”.

Notable Rankings

Harvard University has consistently been ranked as the best university in the world. This research university offers over 100 graduate and professional degrees. Harvard is known for its comprehensive doctoral programs in the arts, engineering, sciences, and medicine. Not only is Harvard praised for its academic programs, but they also excel in athletics. Harvard has won 142 national NCAA championships, and alumni have participated in every Olympic Game. The university has a famous rivalry with Yale University in both academics and football. Their fight songs even include the respective rival school’s name. 

Additional Information

Harvard Graduation Gown
Main Campus Address: Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
Main Campus Phone Number: 617-495-1000
School Colors: Crimson
Alma Mater: Fair Harvard


Not all Graduate programs and dates have been listed above. Please refer to the school website for more information.