What to Wear

Advice for guests attending the events
Guests are encouraged to review the weather reports for Cambridge, MA 02138. Because New England weather can be quite unpredictable, reviewing the forecasts can help guests when they are planning their attire for attending the Commencement Activities.

While guests often choose to wear “business casual” clothing to the various activities on both Class Day and Commencement Day, all events take place outdoors unless the weather is severe. Also, most seating for events is on grassy areas and guests should consider this when choosing clothing, outerwear and footwear.

Please note that there will also be indoor locations at Harvard Law School where the ceremonies can be viewed live. These spaces are open to guests who want to view the various ceremonies from indoors.

Advice for graduates attending the events
Graduates are encouraged to wear business casual attire to the Class Day ceremony.

Graduates must wear Academic Attire to participate in each of the events on Commencement Day. Graduates are encouraged to dress according to the weather. Men are encouraged to refrain from wearing a suit jacket or sports coat underneath their robes, particularly if the forecast is for warm weather. Women are discouraged from wearing light or pastel colors as the robes may stain delicate fabrics.