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Harvard Law School Commencement 2017

On Thursday, May 25, the Harvard Law School Class of 2017 braved the rain to pick up their diplomas and officially become HLS graduates. Here's a look at their day of celebration with family, friends and a steady supply of rain ponchos.

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WATCH: Live broadcasts of HLS Class Day and Commencement

The Harvard Law School Class Day and Commencement Diploma Ceremonies will be live streamed on the days of the events. Class Day begins at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, May 24; the Diploma Ceremony begins at 11:30 am on Thursday, May 25.

You can watch both ceremonies here live on the days of the events.Please note thatacurrent Flash player or plug-in may berequired to view the broadcasts, and it may not work in certain browsers.

The Harvard University Commencement Exercises and the Law School Ceremony are also televised and captioned live in several Law School venues:

The two large screens facing the audience on Holmes Field;Wasserstein Classrooms 1010, 1015, 1019; andThe Pub and Harkness Commons South.

Click here for campus maps and directions.

In addition, the University ceremonies will be shown on local cable television (Comcast) Channel 283.

For additional Commencement information, visitthe Dean of Students website.

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Harvard Law School celebrates the Class of 2017

Members of the Harvard Law School Class of 2017 will gather for Class Day and Commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 25.

Harvard Law School's Class Day festivities will take place Wednesday, May 24, on Holmes Field, in front of Langdell Library. Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General of the United States, will be the Class Day speaker at this year's ceremonies. As part of the Class Day ceremony, a number of students will receive special awards for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, compassion and dedication to their studies and the profession.

Commencement exercises will begin early on Thursday, May 25, at 7:45 a.m., when the class will march with the dean to Tercentenary Theatre, where the University ceremony will be held. The law school diploma ceremony will take place at 11:45 on the law school campus. A total of 781 degrees will be conferred this year: 602 J.D.s, 171 LL.M.s, and 8 S.J.D.s.  Dean Martha Minow will present individual degrees as part of HLS commencement exercises.

This year Harvard Law School will celebrate 200 years of leadership, talent in its many forms, and service. The HLS Bicentennial officially kicks off at Commencement 2017, with special recognition of the class of 2017 as the Bicentennial class. Over the course of the year, special programs and events will focus on the law school's history, future, and the vital importance of law and the legal profession in addressing the complex challenges facing the world.

For additional coverage and information, visit http://hls.harvard.edu/commencement/

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