The annual pageantry and tradition of Commencement at Harvard University is a celebration of academic accomplishment, a final bow for students before their next giant leap and a recognition of faculty and staff for their efforts to foster another class of graduates.
For all at Harvard, Commencement week is a time of emotional reflection. For students, it’s an opportunity to replay a film of friendships, academic accomplishments and events shaping their experience at this storied University. It is also a time to look toward the future.
The Memorial Church is at the center of the Commencement experience from Baccalaureate in the sanctuary to the Senior Chapel Service on the morning of graduation. And each year, the church staff captures the event in images and sound. This year’s photo slideshow is accompanied by the words of Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, who is leaving Harvard in July to assume the position of Dean at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.
Congratulations, to the Harvard Class of 2019 and to Professor Walton from the staff of the Memorial Church!