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Commencement 2021

The Harvard Graduate School of Education convened online on Thursday, May 27, to celebrate and award degrees to the Class of 2021. Access all of our Commencement coverage here — including a slideshow of this unique celebration and stories about our alumni, faculty, and student award winners.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

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Commencement Stories

By Emily Boudreau 05/27/2021 3:22 PM EDT
Commencement balloons

HGSE's worldwide community came together — virtually — to celebrate the accomplishments of 670 graduating students from 62 countries.


By Bridget Terry Long 05/27/2021 1:04 PM EDT
Bridget Long at Commencement

Commencement 2021: The prepared address of Dean Bridget Terry Long.


By Carina Traub 05/27/2021 12:40 PM EDT
Carina Traub

The prepared remarks of Commencement student speaker Carina Traub.


By Emily Boudreau 05/26/2021 4:57 PM EDT
Catherine Asher

How we measure and understand program impacts in education.


By Gianna Cacciatore 05/26/2021 4:40 PM EDT
Preeya Pandya Mbekeani

Exploring the impact of income levels on education decisions.


By Gianna Cacciatore 05/26/2021 12:20 PM EDT
Lisa Cenca

Lisa Cenca, Ed.M.'21, recipient of the Phyllis Strimling Award, is a leader in designing enriching educational opportunities for girls.


By News editor 05/25/2021 3:51 PM EDT
Catherine Pitcher at the Last Bookstore

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for International Education Policy reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/24/2021 3:38 PM EDT
Kassie Ifante

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Specialized Studies reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/21/2021 3:21 PM EDT
Vincent Bish

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Technology, Innovation, and Education reflects on his time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/20/2021 3:20 PM EDT
Salina Villegas

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Prevention Science and Practice reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/19/2021 3:08 PM EDT
MBE cohort on Zoom

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Mind, Brain, and Education reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/18/2021 4:09 PM EDT
Yesenia Perez

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Arts in Education reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/17/2021 2:33 PM EDT
Jo Persad

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Learning and Teaching reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/14/2021 4:02 PM EDT
Dustin Liu and family

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Higher Education reflects on his time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/13/2021 3:11 PM EDT
L&L cohort ilustrations in front of Longfellow

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Language and Literacy reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/12/2021 3:59 PM EDT
Constance Gist

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Education Policy and Management reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/11/2021 4:10 PM EDT
Jennie Portillo

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for School Leadership reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/10/2021 3:25 PM EDT
Elena Milius

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Human Development and Psychology reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.


By News editor 05/06/2021 3:13 PM EDT
Commencement Banner

HGSE's continues tradition of honoring student leadership and dedication with annual Intellectual Contribution, Marshal, and Strimling Awards.


By Gianna Cacciatore 05/04/2021 2:34 PM EDT
Amal Kumar's dissertation committee

Active chat room compliments. Family and friends from around the world "in the room." The ability to record the session. This year's doctoral students find the positives in defending dissertations on Zoom.


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