Class Day Speaker

The speaker for Class Day (Wednesday May 23rd) is Attorney General Eric H. Holder. There are no tickets required for this event. Click here for more information about Class Day.

About Attorney General Holder

Eric H. Holder, Jr. was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 2009 by Vice President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Mr. Holder on December 1, 2008.

In 1997, Mr. Holder was named by President Clinton to be the Deputy Attorney General, the first African-American named to that post. Prior to that he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1988, Mr. Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Holder, a native of New York City, attended public schools there, graduating from Stuyvesant High School where he earned a Regents Scholarship. He attended Columbia College, majored in American History, and graduated in 1973. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1976.

While in law school, he clerked at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. Upon graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state and federal levels.

Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington.

Mr. Holder lives in Washington with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, a physician, and their three children.

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Join The Commencement Conversation On Twitter

Want to see what others are saying about HLS Commencement in real-time? Just follow the hashtag #HLS2012 and you’ll be all set. To share your thoughts and experiences, just include #HLS2012 in your tweet.

Want to follow the discussion without a Twitter account? Just head back to this page during the ceremonies and you can watch a live stream below. (Will not be live until shortly before Commencement)

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We offer a text messaging service that allows Harvard Law School administrators to contact you via text message to let you know about important changes to events. For commencement, we will alert you if we move to the rain plan or if another major change has to occur.

On your phone? Just text hlsgrad to the phone number 27538 (Just those 5 numbers).

We will only use this text messaging service for commencement-related announcements. After commencement, your phone number and other information will be removed. Text rates apply.

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Order A Yearbook

YEARBOOK PHOTOS

Photos for the yearbook will be held Tuesday through Thursday, February 14-16 and March 27-29.  More information about these photo dates will be emailed to the community. Group pictures of student organizations and journals are tentatively schedule for early April.

Click here to schedule your appointment.

DESIGN AN AD

Congratulatory ads are also a fun way for students to say thank you to their sections, organizations, faculty, or friends, or for their friends and family to memorialize their student’s time at HLS and to say WAY TO GO!  Click here for more information on purchasing a congratulatory ad for this year’s yearbook.

PORTRAIT SUBMISSION

Want to upload your own portrait? Just go to this link and upload your portrait image in the first upload area. Fill out your name and other information, then click ‘Save Image Details’ to have your portrait ready for the Yearbook. That’s it!

PHOTO SUBMISSION

Get your pictures in the yearbook! The Yearbook Staff invites HLS students, family or friends to submit photos for the 2012 HLS Yearbook. If you have great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we’d like to see them. Our photographers can’t be everywhere so we want you to help us get as many photos as possible to in order to create the best yearbook possible.

Here is how you can submit photos online:
Go to: https://images.jostens.com/login?user=400135497&pw=harvardlaw

If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username:400135497 and password:harvardlaw

Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload. (minimum recommended resolution of 400X600pixels). Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information. Click “Save Details”.

It’s that easy! Submit your photos today!

*Please note that the Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be used in the book.

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

Yearbooks are $75 and can be purchased online: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A03427596

Due to the inclusion of Commencement in the yearbook, books will ship in July.

Questions?  Email dos@law.harvard.edu

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Commencement Hotel Information

A few things to note:

  • The listed rates will change as graduation nears, as may the minimum stay requirements.  The information we received is only what hotel attendants were able to give us during the last two weeks of September.  [One reservationist suggested that many hotels are at this point offering “rack rates”—typically expensive—and that rates will decline until about 8 weeks out from the date of lodging, at which point the rates will begin to increase based on availability.  However, because of the competition for room rates around graduation, it is not clear that rates will in fact decrease].
  • The below rates do not include tax, which may amount to 12.5% or more.
  • Many hotels have AAA discounts, which are not listed.
  • Some hotels may have graduation discounts, or rates negotiated by Harvard, which you should ask about.
  • You may be able to secure better rates on online hotel sites; the below rates are those available through the hotel directly.
  • We have *not* collected information on cancellation charges, amenities, and parking rates.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of hotels in the Boston-Cambridge area, though it includes many of the biggest hotels, and you may be able to find other B&Bs or smaller hotels not listed

Please contact DOS at (617) 495-1880 or dos@law.harvard.edu with any questions or comments.

Hotels in the Cambridge Area

Name (& website): Best Western Hotel Tria

Address: 220 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Information: (617) 491-8000; Fax: (617) 491-4932

Rates and Room Sizes: tbd

Minimum Stay: 3 nights

When Rooms Sell Out: not sure

AAA Discount: does not apply during the Harvard Graduation

 

Name (& website): Cambridge Gateway Inn

Address: 211 Concord Turnpike, Cambridge, MA 02140

Contact Information: (617) 661-7800; fax: 617-868-8153

Minimum Stay: no minimum stay

When Rates Will be Set: November

When Rooms Sell Out: December

AAA Discount: does not apply during the Harvard Graduation

 

Name (& website): The Charles Hotel

Address: One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Information: (617) 864-1200; fax: 617-864-5715

 

Name (& website): Days Inn Boston Daystop

Address: 1800 Soldiers Field Drive, Brighton, MA 02135

Contact Information: (617) 254-0200; Fax: (617) 782-8001

When Rates Will be Set: November or Jaunary (contact Robert Cornish – 617-933-4611)

AAA Discount:  10% discount

 

Name (& website): Hampton Inn Boston/Cambridge

Address: 191 Monsignor O’Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA 02141

Contact Information: (617) 494-5300; Fax: (617)-494-6569

Minimum Stay: no minimum stay

AAA Discount: no discount

AARP Discount: 10% discount

 

Name (& website): Harvard Square Hotel

Address: 110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Information: (617) 864-5200 or 1-800-458-5886; Fax: (617) 864-2409

 

Name (& website): Hawthorn Suites

Address: 1 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474

Contact Information: (781) 643-7258

Minimum Stay:  none yet

AAA Discount: does not apply during the Harvard Graduation

 

Name (& website): Holiday Inn Express

Address: 250 Monsignor O’Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA 02141

Contact Information: (617) 577-7600; Fax: (617) 354-1313

Minimum Stay: none yet

AAA Discount: does not apply during the Harvard Graduation

AARP Discount: does not apply during the Harvard Graduation

 

Name (& website): Holiday Inn Somerville

Address: 30 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Contact Information: (617) 628-1000; Fax (617) 628-0143

Minimum Stay:  None

When Rates Will be Set: November

When Rooms Sell Out: Within the next 3 months

AAA Discount: does not apply during the Harvard Graduation

AARP Discount: does not apply during the Harvard Graduation

Graduation Discount: Please inquire

 

Name (& website): Hotel Marlowe -A Kimpton Hotel

Address: 25 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02141

Contact Information: (800) 346-8357 general; 617-868-8000;

Minimum Stay: None yet

When Rates Will be Set:  further discounts/restrictions may apply

When Rooms Sell Out:  by May

AAA Discount:  10% discount

AARP Discount:  10% discount

Gradution Discount: Please inquire

 

Name (& website): Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Address: 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139

Contact Information: (617) 492-1234; Fax: (617) 491-6906

Minimum Stay: not right now (might change as time gets closer)

 

Name (& website): The Inn at Harvard

Address: 1201 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138

Contact Information: (617) 491-2222 or 1-800-458-5886

 

Name (& website): La Quinta Inn & Suites

Address: 23 Cummings Street, Somerville, MA 02145

Contact Information: (617) 625-5300; Fax: (617) 625-5930

Minimum Stay: no

When Rates Will be Set: rates subject to change/decrease. It is cheaper to book in December and probably even closer to the graduation. Call back every month. Book now and call back to see if you can have the rate adjusted to be lowered to the new price.

AAA Discount: 10% Discount

AARP Discount: 10% Discount

 

Name (& website): Le Meridien

Address: 20 Sydney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Contact Information: (617) 577-0200; Fax (617) 494-836

 

Name (& website): Marriott Boston Cambridge

Address: 2 Cambridge Center, Broadway and Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

Contact Information: (617) 494-6600; Fax: (617) 494-0036

Minimum Stay: 2 nights

When Rooms Sell Out: Very soon. Limited availability

AAA Discount: 10% Discount

Graduation Discount: Please inquire

 

Name (& website): Residence Inn by Marriott

Address: 6 Cambridge Center, Broadway & Ames Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

Contact Information: (617) 349-0700; Fax: (617) 547-8504

 

Name (& website): Royal Sonesta Hotel

Address: 40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02142

Contact Information: (617) 806-4200; Fax: (617) 806-4232

Minimum Stay: no

When Rates Will be Set: will vary, subject to availability (can increase or decrease as we get closer to)

When Rooms Sell Out: Doesn’t know

 

Name (& website): Sheraton Commander Hotel

Address: 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Information: (617) 547-4800 or 1-800- 535-5007; Fax: (617) 868-8322

 

Hotels in Boston

Name (& website): Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro

Address: 25 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

Contact Information: 617-723-7575

Minimum Stay: 3 night stay

When Rooms Sell Out: Usually around December

 

Name (& website): Boston Harbor Hotel

Address: 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

Contact Information: 617-439-7000

Minimum Stay: No

When Rates Will be Set: Will be set around 6 months prior (Dec.)

When Rooms Sell Out: Probably end of Oct., toward Nov.

 

Name (& website): Boston Park Plaza Hotel – manager supposed to call back; person I spoke to didn’t know

Address: 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-426-2000; Fax: 616-423-1708 (yes, that’s 616)

Minimum Stay: No

 

Name (& website): Club Quarters

Address: 161 Devonshire, Boston, MA 02110

Contact Information: 212-575-0006

Minimum Stay: No

 

Name (& website): The Colonnade Hotel

Address: 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-424-7000; Fax: 617-425-3222

Minimum Stay: No

 

Name (& website): Copley Square Hotel

Address: 47 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-536-9000 or 1-800-225-7062; Fax: 617-267-3547

Minimum Stay: No

 

Name (& website): Courtyard Boston Tremont Hotel

Address: 275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-426-1400

Minimum Stay: No.

 

Name (& website): Courtyard Marriott Copley Square

Address: 88 Exeter St., Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-437-9300; Fax: 617-437-9330

Minimum Stay: No

 

Name (& website): Doubletree Club Hotel Boston

Address: 240 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02125

Contact Information: 617-822-3600; Fax: 617-822-2865

Minimum Stay: No

 

Name (& website): Doubletree Downtown.

Address: 821 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

Contact Information: 617-956-7900

 

Name (& website): The Eliot Hotel

Address: 370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Contact Information: 617-267-1607 or 1-800-44-ELIOT; Fax: 617-536-9114

Minimum Stay: No.

 

Name (& website): The Fairmont Copley Plaza

Address: 138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-267-5300; Fax: 617-247-6681

Minimum Stay: No

When Rates Will be Set: Subject to change.

 

Name (& website): Four Points Sheraton Logan A/P

Address: 407 Squire Road, Revere, MA 02151

Contact Information: 781-284-7200

Minimum Stay: none

When Rates Will be Set: rolling

 

Name (& website): Four Seasons Hotel

Address: 200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-338-4400; Fax: 617-423-0154; Reservations: 617-351-2036

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Hampton Inn & Suites Boston

Address: 811 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Contact Information: 617-445-6400

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Harborside Inn

Address: 185 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Contact Information: 617-723-7500

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Hilton Boston Back Bay

Address: 40 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115

Contact Information: 617-236-1100; 1-800-774-1500; Fax: 617-867-6104

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Hilton Boston Financial District

Address: 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110

Contact Information: 617-556-0006

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Hilton Boston Logan Airport

Address: 1 Hotel Drive, Boston, MA 02128

Contact Information: 617-568-6700

Minimum Stay: none

When Rooms Sell Out: early; any time

 

Name (& website): Holiday Inn Boston at Beacon Hill

Address: 5 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114

Contact Information: 617-742-7630; Fax: 617-742-4192

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Holiday Inn Brookline

Address: 1200 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Contact Information: 617-277-1200, Fax: 617-734-6991

 

Name (& website): Hotel 140

Address: 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-585-5600

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Hotel Commonwealth

Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Contact Information: 617-933-5000

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Hyatt Harborside

Address: 101 Harborside Drive, Boston, MA 02128

Contact Information: 617-568-1234

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Hyatt Regency Boston Financial District

Address: 1 Ave De Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111

Contact Information: 617-912-1234

Minimum Stay: none

 

Name (& website): Langham Hotel Boston

Address: 250 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110

Contact Information: 617-451-1900; Fax: 617-423-2844

 

Name (& website): Lenox Hotel

Address: 61 Exeter Street at Boylston, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-536-5300, Toll-free 800-225-7676; Fax: 617-267-1237

 

Name (& website): Marriott Copley Place

Address: 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-236-5800; Fax: 617-236-5885; Group sales office: (800)-831-4004

Minimum Stay: no

 

Name (& website): Marriott Long Wharf

Address: 296 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

Contact Information: 617-227-0800; Fax: 617-227-2867; Group sales office: (800)-831-4004

Minimum Stay: no

 

Name (& website): Midtown Hotel

Address: 220 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Contact Information: 617-262-1000 or 1-800-343-1177; Fax: 617-262-8739

Minimum Stay: no

 

Name (& website): Millennium Bostonian

Address: 26 North Street, Boston, MA 02109

Contact Information: 617-523-3600; 800-346-8357 (tollfree hotels.com number)

Minimum Stay: no

 

Name (& website): Nine Zero

Address: 90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

Contact Information: 866-906-9090

 

Name (& website): Omni Parker House

Address: 60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108

Contact Information: 617-227-8600; Fax: 617-742-5729

Minimum Stay: no

 

Name (& website): The Onyx Hotel-A Kimpton Hotel

Address: 155 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114

Contact Information: 877-536-0508

 

Name (& website): Radisson Hotel Boston

Address: 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-482-1800; Fax: 617-451-2750

Minimum Stay: not yet

 

Name (& website): Ramada Hotel

Address: 800 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02122

Contact Information: 617-287-9100; Fax: 617-265-9287

Minimum Stay: No

 

Name (& website): Taj Boston (formerly Ritz-Carlton Boston)

Address: 15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02117

Contact Information: 617-536-5700; Fax: 617-536-1335

 

Name (& website): Sheraton Boston Hotel
Address: 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199

Contact Information: 617-236-2000; Fax: 617-236-1702

 

Name (& website): The Westin Copley Place Boston

Address: 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Contact Information: 617-262-9600; Fax: 617-424-74834

Minimum Stay: No

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The Info Booth

On both Class Day and Commencement Day the Harvard Law School Dean of Students Office Staff and Commencement Staff (in Crimson shirts) will be stationed at the Harvard Law School Information Booth.

The Information Booth is a tent located conveniently outside of Harkness Commons on the Harvard Law School Campus, in between Holmes Field and Jarvis Field.

We encourage both graduates and guests to utilize the Information Booth as an information hub during all of the Commencement activities. Any questions or issues can be addressed at this booth. The staff at the booth will also be able to locate a member of the Commencement Staff (wearing a Crimson Shirt) who will be able to assist you if needed.

Functions of the Information booth include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Graduates who have not picked up their Commencement tickets before May 25th, can do so on May 25th and 26th at the Information Booth.
  • On the morning of May 26th, lanyards to be worn by all graduates (with their regalia) will be distributed from the area around the Information Booth.
  • If severe weather affects planned activities, information about changes will be available at the Information Booth.
  • If the severe weather plan is in effect, ponchos will be distributed from the Information Booth.
  • For any type of assistance, or with any question (or if grads or guests just want to stop in for water, candy, or to chat!), please head to the Information Booth.
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Disability Accomodations

Accommodations are available for persons with disabilities on both Class Day and Commencement Day. To obtain information about available services, graduating students should contact:

Harvard University Ceremonies – Mary Thomas, Director, University Disability Services
Holyoke Center, Room 547
(617) 495-1859
TTY (617) 495-4801
mary_thomas@harvard.edu

http://www.commencementoffice.harvard.edu/general_information/

Harvard Law School Ceremonies and Events - Natalie Rios, Staff Assistant
WCC 3039
617-495-1880
dos@law.harvard.edu

Please note that seating is available by reservation and ticket only. Reservations must be made through the Coordinator’s Office.

The deadline for disability arrangements is Friday, April 27, 2012, however, it is recommended that you make them prior to the deadline, as soon as you know that guests need these services.

Ceremony Broadcasts

The Harvard University Commencement Exercises and the Law School Ceremony are televised live in several Law School venues: Pound Hall Classrooms 100, 101, 102, and 107 and in Harkness Commons. In addition, the University ceremonies will be shown on local cable television (Comcast) on Channel 12 in Boston and Channel 54 in Cambridge.

A webcast of the Law School diploma ceremony will be available online through the Harvard Law School Commencement website one week after the event.

Good To Know

This page is designed to provide guests, family members, and visitors who will be joining us for Class Day on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 and Commencement Day on Thursday, May 24th 2012 with all of the information that will help to make your time at Harvard Law School seamless and special.

  • CLASS DAY – Information about the activities on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012.
  • COMMENCEMENT DAY – Information about the activities on Thursday, May 24th, 2012.
  • CEREMONY BROADCASTS – Information about indoor on-campus ceremony viewing.
  • DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS – Information for those needing to accommodations ahead of time for any guests or family members with disabilities.
  • INFORMATION BOOTH – visit the Information booth for any and all questions throughout the commencement activities.
  • LODGING INFORMATION – Information on where to stay while in the area for Commencement.
  • TRANSPORTATION – Information on the various types of transportation in Cambridge during Commencement week.
  • FLOWERS – Order flowers to give to your graduate on Commencement Day.
  • REMEMBERING COMMENCEMENT – Information about ordering your student’s graduation photo or a DVD of the events.
  • SECURITY – Information on security at commencement activities
  • TICKETS – Though tickets can only be ordered and picked up by graduates, find out details about how many tickets are available to each event.
  • WEATHER – Check out the weather reports for Cambridge, MA 02138, as activities are scheduled to be celebrated outdoors.
  • RAIN PLAN – Review the HLS Commencement Rain Plan. If the weather should become extreme, plans for outdoor activities may change.
  • WHAT TO WEAR – Advice for guests on what to wear to the various Commencement activities.

Though the majority of the logistical information regarding Commencement does get sent directly to graduating students, please feel free to visit the INFORMATION FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS site to see information that they are receiving about the upcoming events.