*NOTE: The application deadline for the Harvard Oration, Ivy Oration, and Class Ode have been extended to Wednesday, March 27th at 11:59 PM. We are looking forward to seeing your applications!


The Class Day Exercises on Wednesday, May 29 will feature speeches from two members of the Class of 2019, the performance of the Class Ode, and the presentation of the Ames Award.
 

The 2019 Class Committee is seeking submissions for the Harvard Oration, Ivy Oration, and Class Ode, as well as nominations for the Ames Award. The applications for the Harvard Oration, Ivy Oration, and Class Ode are due on Sunday, March 24th, and nominations for the Ames Award are due on Friday, March 8.

The Class Day speeches are different from the Commencement speaking opportunities. To learn more about these speaking opportunities, feel free to check out the Commencement website here.

The Harvard Oration

The Harvard Oration is a time to reflect on our journey over the past four years for the Harvard College Class of 2019. This speech is intended to be a chance to commemorate our experience with a few words and stories that will resonate with the class. This is also an opportunity to look forward as a class and ponder how our journey will continue past Johnston Gate. The speech should be no longer than six minutes. One student will be selected to give the Harvard Oration. Apply here by Sunday, March 24.

The Ivy Oration

The Ivy Oration is a time to laugh and smile about our journey over the past four years. It is a chance to take a more light-hearted approach to Commencement week. This speech is intended to weave humor into a reflection of our college experience. It is an opportunity to share memories and inside jokes with the class, many of which we will fondly take with us. The speech should be no longer than six minutes. One student will be selected to give the Ivy Oration. Apply here by Sunday, March 24.

The Class Ode

The Class Ode is an original composition of two verses set to the tune of Fair Harvard. The lyrics should be reflective in some way of our college experience, but they need not choose between a reflective tone or a humorous tone. A successful composition may be one that weaves the two tones together to create a particularly engaging piece. The odists are responsible for arranging any musical accompaniment, though this is not required but rather strongly encouraged. This Class Day performance can be done in a group of people, and the composition can cover a wide range of topics and ideas. Apply here by Sunday, March 24.

The Richard Glover Ames and Henry Russell Ames Award

The Ames Award is given to seniors who have shown heroic character and energy with helping others and whose substantial contributions may not have been acknowledged. This prestigious honor is granted to two members of the senior class during the Class Day Exercises. The goal of this award is to honor two unsung heroes of the class.

On June 19, 1935, Richard Glover Ames and Henry Russell Ames, brothers and Harvard students, gave their lives to save their father, who was washed overboard during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland. Every year since, the Ames Award has been given in their memory to recognize two seniors who have shown energy in helping others and who exhibit the same heroic character and inspiring leadership of the Ames brothers.

Members of the Harvard community should nominate individuals in the form of a letter or email. These letters or emails will be the sole basis of our decision, so please be as specific as possible and provide us with as much relevant information about your nominee or nominees. Send nomination emails or attached letters to haa_collegealumniprograms@harvard.edu by Friday, March 8.