Graduation and Class Day are Just Around the Corner

Prepared or not, graduation is fast approaching. Following a month’s break after our final exams, we will return to school for Graduation Week. The first official event of Graduation Week will begin on Monday, June 6th with the section dinners. Remember to reserve Tuesday evening, June 7th for the SA party at the Roxy.

On Wednesday, June 8th, HBS will hold its Class Day ceremony, which in essence is a precursor to graduation. The event will be highlighted by speeches given by the Class Presidents, an elected student speaker, a faculty speaker, and a guest speaker. The day should be a ton of fun for us and our guests.

Pick up your Commencement tickets Monday – Wednesday at MBA Student & Academic Services. Bring your HBS ID; you will NOT be able to pick up your tickets without showing it.

The following is a preliminary schedule for the week:

Monday, June 6th – Section Reunions and Dinners (organized by section social reps and section presidents)

Tuesday, June 7th – SA Gala at the Roxy includes cocktails and dancing. Tickets are required and will be sold by SA Social. Open to students, families, and guests.

Wednesday, June 8th – Class Day
3:00 4:30 – Class Day Ceremony – Open to students, families, and guests. – No tickets required. Activities include speeches by Class Presidents, student speaker and guest speaker; Presentation of Faculty Awards.

Faculty Awards
The Faculty Awards are an integral part of the Class Day tradition. The honors are bestowed upon teachers who have made particularly exceptional contributions to the HBS experience. Since their inception, these awards have carried a significant degree of prestige and recognition for the faculty members.

This year the awards will be given to two Required Curriculum (RC) and two Elective Curriculum (EC) teachers. In order to ensure fairness, the winners will be selected on the basis of the greatest number of votes relative to the number of students taught. The Class of 2005 will be asked to take part in an online election during the first week in April.

In past years, over 95% of the graduating class participated in the awards selection, using the following six criteria to decide which faculty to vote for:

Inspiration: transfers their passion for the subject matter to the students

Knowledge Transfer: makes difficult course material accessible to all students through clear explanations and demonstrated relevance

Accessibility: available to students outside the classroom on a personal and professional basis

Career Guidance: helps to identify industry contacts and evaluate potential career options

Quality of Life: helps to improve the quality of life on campus

Feedback: provides feedback that contributes to professional and personal development

Student Speaker
Later this spring, the Class of 2005 will elect one member of our class to speak at Class Day on June 8th. The speaker will reflect on their time at HBS and the road that lies ahead. Every member of the Class of 2005 is eligible to compete. During the first round of competition, each candidate will speak for 3 minutes in front of a panel of volunteer judges representing each section in the class. The first round speakers will be judged on their ability to address their audience (the Class of 2005), presentation skills, creativity, and overall general impression.

The top five finalists will enter the second round of competition. Each student will speak for 7 – 10 minutes and will be judged by a panel of volunteer judges representing each section in the class. The Class Day Committee will be emailing more details regarding this process shortly. In addition you will be able to find more information on the Commencement Tab on

Guest Speaker
Our guest speaker has recently accepted an invitation to join us for Class Day, and will be introduced with our elected student speaker in late April. Our guest speaker was chosen from a list of impressive individuals and we are confident that we will appreciate their words of wisdom.

Harvard Commencement – Thursday, June 9th

6:30 am
Graduating students gather in the tents behind Kresge.
7:00 am
Meet with section. Depart promptly for Harvard Yard.
7:45 am
Arrive at Harvard Yard. Make sure you carry your Harvard ID.
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Commencement. Rain or shine.

6:45 am
Gates open at Harvard Yard. There is limited seating, so most get there early to assure seating. For those who don’t get in, there is an air-conditioned telecast video of the event in Burden, Spangler Auditorium and the Grille. Tickets are required. Each student will be provided with 2 tickets (excluding the ticket required for the student).

Students and Guests
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
HBS Luncheon in Kresge Tents. Tickets are required. Each student will be provided with 5 tickets (one of these tickets must be used for the student).
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
HBS Diploma Ceremony. Baker Lawn (rain or shine). No tickets required.
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
HBS Reception in Kresge Tent (rain or shine).

Harvard University is holding optional concurrent event with HBS.
2:00 pm – Harvard University Alumni Meeting, Harvard Yard.

For further details, you can refer to myHBS at the top of which you should have an entire page devoted to Commencement.

If you have any additional questions regarding Class Day or Graduation Week, please feel free to contact any of the Class Day Committee members:

Committee Chair: Ashish Contractor (OC), Anand Devendran (OG), John Bayliss (OI), Bryan Morgan (OF), Pooja Kapadia (NB), Abhishek Agrawal (NC), Fabrice Ndjodo (NA), Sean Hazlett (NF) and Kelly Diamond, Associate Director of Student and Academic Services.