The Office of the University Marshal reports to the President of Harvard and is responsible for organizing large scale, University-wide events including presidential inaugurations, anniversary celebrations, and special convocations as well as overseeing the Morning Exercises of Commencement.
The Office also supports the University’s goal of sustaining and enhancing the University’s international ties by:
Providing coordination and support for members of the University community who wish to invite heads of state, high-level officials or
Inviting Heads of State, Dignitaries and Other High-Profile Visitors to Speak at Harvard
Harvard University regularly hosts distinguished visitors of many different nationalities, backgrounds, and beliefs and, in doing so, encourages intellectual and educational enrichment while also honoring the principles of free speech and open inquiry.
The University Marshal’s Office is the point of contact for the University and can offer advice and assistance on matters of protocol and appropriate procedures for issuing invitations to heads of state and other high-level dignitaries
Pop singer and philanthropist Rihanna received the Harvard Foundation's 2017 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award during a ceremony in Sanders Theater. Prior to the event, Rihanna visited Wadsworth House to meet the University Marshal and a group of Harvard College students. See Harvard Gazette story on the award ceremony here.
All twenty-four of the fall 2016 Eisenhower Fellows visited Harvard on the same day for a group session co-sponsored by the Marshal's Office and the Center for African Studies, followed by individual appointments across the university with faculty and affiliates. This was the first time in the Eisenhower Fellowships' 60+ years that the program hosted an entire cohort from Africa. Participants came from Ghana, Kenya,
The former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, visited Harvard at the invitation of the Center for African Studies to deliver a keynote address at the inaugural Conference on the Role of the Diaspora in the Revitalization of African Higher Education. Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong brought President Kikwete and his delegation to Wadsworth House for a courtesy visit with the Marshal before the conference began.