Commencement Marshals

Description and Criteria

Each year, eight graduating students in GSAS and SEAS are chosen as Commencement Marshals.On the morning of Commencement these students help the GSAS deans organize the procession from the GSAS Breakfast to Harvard Yard. They walk at the head the procession, proudly carrying the banners of Dudley House and GSAS, and lead the graduating class into Tercentenary Theatre. It is a wonderful tradition and considered an honor to be chosen as commencement marshal.

Marshals are chosen by a committee of fellow graduate students on the basis of their accomplishments during graduate school, specifically their service on behalf of the graduate school and graduate student community. As of this year, nominations are open to the entire GSAS community, and can be initiated by GSAS students, the department administrator of the nominee, or Harvard faculty.

Other factors are taken into account, but this is primarily an opportunity to honor those activities and services not directly related to obtaining a degree.

Four PhD recipients and two AM recipients from GSAS and two AM recipients from SEAS are chosen as well as alternates for each position.

Deadline
Commencement Marshal Nominations due: March 17, 2017 at 5PM

Instructions

In order for the committee to make its selections, the nominee's curriculum vitae, a letter of nomination from the department administrator, chair, GSAS student, or director of graduate studies, and any letters of recommendation the nominee wishes the committee to consider must be uploaded. There is no limit on the number of nominations from a particular department.

In order for the selection committee to make its selections, it needs

  • The nominee's curriculum vitae
  • A letter of nomination from the department administrator, chair, GSAS student, or director of graduate studies, and
  • Any additional letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Photo of the nominee (for publication in the May 2017 GSAS Bulletin if selected)

All above materials can be uploaded electronically. (Please save all files as PDFs)