Commencement 2016

Three Dates for House Events

Strawberries & Champagne + Senior Banquet: May 14th 5:00 p.m.

Class Day Master's Reception: May 25th 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Commencement Diploma Ceremony: May 26th immediately following Morning Exercises


For information about commencement events outside Adams House visit

Senior Desk is open weekdays May 9 - May 25, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 124 Mt. Auburn Street, 6th floor. You must pick up your own tickets. See HAA's info at the bottom of this page. 

Info from University Disability Services and

Adams House Class Day Master's Reception

Open to Graduates and their guests, no tickets required

Wednesday, May 25th

5:00 p.m. Adams House Randolph Courtyard

Rain plan: Adams Dining Hall

Both locations are accessible.


Adams House Commencement Morning Exercises Simulcast

Open to graduate’s guests, no tickets required

Thursday, May 26th

Adams House Upper & Lower Common Rooms 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

LCR is ramp accessible via the C-entry door closer to Mt. Auburn.


Adams House Diploma Ceremony

Open to Graduates and their guests, no tickets required, no reserved seating, ramp access on Linden Street.

Thursday, May 26th

Noon, immediately following Morning Exercises

Randolph Courtyard

Rain plan: MAC Gymnasium


Adams House Commencement Luncheon

Thursday, May 26th

1:30 p.m., immediately following Diploma Ceremony


All are welcome to the luncheon, however please note: tickets for the lunch are necessary. There is no charge for seniors and each senior receives two free tickets for guests, which will be placed in your mailbox in mid-May. Additional tickets may be purchased at Senior Desk. Tickets will also be available on Commencement day at lunch. Please note the color of the dot on your tickets before purchasing additional tickets, each ticket is assigned to a different buffet line to keep everything moving. As many as 800 guests intend to have lunch at Adams House following the Diploma Ceremony. Please be patient – everyone will be served. As directed by the colored dots on tickets, 1/3 will enter at B-entry, 1/3 through the courtyard and Conservatory, and 1/3 through C-entry. Ramp access at B-entry, so you'll want to be sure you have gold-dot tickets if someone in your party should not use the stairs. There is seating throughout C and in Randolph Courtyard.

Contact the Dining Hall Manager if anyone in your party has dietary restrictions.