HST 2020 Graduation Video and May 27 Virtual Reception

HST 2020 Graduation Video – YouTube Live - 5pm


Graduates, families, and friends are all welcome to watch the HST 2020 Graduation Video together with live chat. The video will include remarks by faculty leadership, students speaker Justin Rice, and individual slide shows/vignettes of each graduate who chose to be featured. Have your champagne glasses ready when the video ends with a toast!



GRADUATES CLASS PHOTO – via ZOOM - for graduates only, immediately following the video

Immediate after the video, all graduates should join this room for a quick gallery style photo of the graduating class. After that the graduates will join family and friends in some of the ten party rooms described below. 

Graduation Reception Party Rooms – via ZOOM - following the video at approximately 6pm

After the video, we’ll open ten (yes, ten!) party rooms for graduates, family, and friends. Please feel free to move yourself among these ten party rooms. Note that you can leave a zoom party room and connect to a new one at any time.

  • Party room A – Hosts: Patty Cunningham & David Hansen
    A place for graduates and guests to gather. Includes breakout rooms for self-organized smaller group conversations with family/friends.
  • Party room B, with photo booths – Host: Traci Anderson
    Includes breakout rooms for self-organized smaller groups to take screenshot photos with family/friends.  Use your favorite virtual background or homemade graduation props.
  • Party room C – Hosts: Wolfram Goessling & Alexandra Nano
  • Party room D – Hosts: Rick Mitchell & Kate Hodgins
  • Party room E – Hosts: Junne Kamihara & Karrol Altarejos
  • Party room F – Hosts: Matthew Frosch & Zara Smith
  • Party room G – Hosts: Julie Greenberg & Joe Stein
  • Party room H – Hosts: Emery Brown & Megan Wong
  • Party room S – Hosts: Elazer Edelman & Laurie Ward
  • Party room T – Hosts: Thomas Heldt & Thanh Nga Tran


Show your HST spirit with Zoom Virtual Backgrounds and Party Printables

Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom

Harvard Building Backgrounds [HU News Website]
HST-Specific Virtual Backgrounds [Dropbox]

Print at Home

MIT Commencement Party Kit [MIT website]

HST 2020 Banner [pdf]

HST Pennant [pdf]

HST Lawnsign [pdf]


Harvard and MIT Commencements

Harvard Medical School
Thursday, May 28, 2020
HMS Commencement page

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Thursday, May 28, 2020
GSAS Commencement page

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Friday, May 29, 2020
MIT Commencement page


For more information please e-mail hst-graduation [at] mit.edu

HST virtual graduation