Commencement: FAQs

Are tickets necessary for any of the ceremonies?

No, tickets are not required for any commencement events and activities.

When should we plan on arriving in Cambridge?

The majority of graduates’ friends and family arrive in Cambridge on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to take part in both the Wednesday and Thursday programs and activities.

What about traffic and parking?

Parking for disabled guests is available on the EDS campus by permit only. To obtain a parking permit, please email All attendees are encouraged to take public transportation to all Commencement events and activities. The EDS campus and First Church Cambridge are a short walk from the Harvard MBTA station where the Red Line and several bus connections are available.

What about pictures?

EDS has a professional photographer capturing all commencement activities. Photos will be available for download after Commencement. Friends and family are welcome to take photos on the steps of St. John’s Memorial Chapel at 12:30pm on Thursday, May 18, just before the procession to First Church Cambridge. You are also welcome to take photos in First Church, however, so that all guests may have an unobstructed view at the ceremony, those using cameras may not approach the stage or block the aisles. 

Are there any arrangements at Commencement for students and/or guests with disabilities?

Guests who are disabled may access reserved parking spaces on the EDS campus by emailing 

St. John’s Memorial Chapel, Sherrill Library, and Washburn Hall on the EDS campus are wheelchair accessible. 

First Church Cambridge is also wheelchair accessible. There are two accessible parking spaces on Garden Street in front of the church (please note these spaces require a disability plate or placard). In addition, there is a push-button automatic door at the 11 Garden Street entrance near the playground.

Contact Information

For further questions about commencement activities and events, please contact or call 617-682-1545.