Our Mission

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 dignitaries to Harvard;
  • Arranging appointments with faculty and/or administrators for internationals to learn about academic programs and/or administrative operations;
  • Identifying members of the University community, typically faculty or alumni, to serve as delegates representing the Harvard at other institution’s ceremonial functions;
  • Advising on matters of protocol and serving as a resource for information about Harvard history, tradition and ceremony.