Two 2021 SHBT Graduates named as GSAS Commencement Marshals

May 20, 2022
2021 SHBT Marshals

Two of our 2021 SHBT graduates are among the Commencement marshals chosen to represent the Doctor of Philosophy.
Each year, the GSAS Student Council (GSC) chooses its Commencement marshals to represent the School’s graduating class. Marshal nominations are made by members of the GSAS community, including students, the nominee’s graduate program administrator, or Harvard faculty. To be selected a GSAS marshal is considered an honor for a graduating student and is one of Harvard’s most well-loved Commencement traditions.

In acknowledgment of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing restrictions and public health guidance, President Larry Bacow announced that Harvard's 370th Commencement would be postponed until a later date and a virtual ceremony recognizing graduates was held on May 27, 2021. On that date, the marshals joined Dean Emma Dench at the GSAS Graduation Recognition Ceremony for a virtual celebration.

The marshals chosen from the 2021 graduating class are:

  • Nicole Black, PhD, Engineering Sciences; minoring in Speech and Hearing, Bioscience and Technology
  • Janani Iyer, PhD, Speech and Hearing, Bioscience and Technology

For the full list of GSAS marshals for the 2021 graduating class, visit

Harvard University and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will host celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on Sunday, May 29, 2022. For more details and updates on the university-wide program, please visit Harvard’s Commencement for the Classes of 2020 & 2021 website.

For more details on the GSAS Commencement celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021, visit

The 2020-2021 Hooding ceremony hosted by the Division of Medical Sciences will be held at 10:15am. To view the ceremony live, visit the DMS Hooding page

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