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Pre-Purchase Boxed Lunches

Harvard Extension School provides graduates and their ticketed guests with the opportunity to pre-purchase a boxed lunch for consumption between the Morning Exercises (which is predicted to end around 12:30 p.m.) and the HES Commencement Ceremony (for which we ask you to arrive by 1:30 p.m.). The deadline to purchase lunches is Monday, April 29 at 12/noon Eastern Time.

All boxed lunch tickets must be purchased in advance. We are unable to accept purchases on Commencement Day. For those who do not purchase lunch in advance, you are welcome to bring your lunch & refreshments. Please be advised there are limited food options near the HES Commencement Ceremony site.

Boxed Lunch Options

Each boxed lunch costs $20 and includes a beverage.

Roast Beef

  • Roast Beef with Baby Arugula, Caramelized Onions, Pecorino, and Chimichurri Aioli on Baguette
  • Potato Chips
  • Crimson Catering Signature Cookie

Turkey

  • Turkey, Farmhouse Cheddar, Arugula, and Ranch Mayonnaise on Brioche
  • Potato Chips
  • Crimson Catering Signature Cookie

Kosher Tuna Salad Sandwich

  • Tuna, Lettuce, and Sliced Tomato
  • Potato Chips
  • Hand fruit & dessert

Vegetarian & Halal

  • Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Local Maple Brook Ricotta, Basil, and Arugula on Focaccia Bread
  • Potato Chips
  • Crimson Catering Signature Cookie

Gluten Free

Turkey

  • Turkey, Farmhouse Cheddar, Arugula, and Ranch Mayonnaise on GF bread
  • Potato Chips
  • Crimson Catering Signature Cookie

Vegetarian & Halal

  • Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Local Maple Brook Ricotta, Basil, and Arugula on GF bread
  • Potato Chips
  • Crimson Catering Signature Cookie

Dairy Free

Turkey

  • Turkey, Arugula, and Ranch Mayonnaise on Brioche
  • Potato Chips
  • Crimson Catering Signature Cookie

Vegetarian & Halal

  • Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil, and Arugula on Focaccia Bread
  • Potato Chips
  • Crimson Catering Signature Cookie

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to purchase lunch tickets?

No. Graduates and guests are welcome to bring their own food & refreshments. Please be aware that there are very limited food options for purchase near the HES Commencement Ceremony site.

Additionally, graduates should plan accordingly as there is a short period between the conclusion of the Morning Exercises and the start of the HES Commencement Ceremony to acquire and consume food elsewhere in Harvard Square. Please ensure you do not jeopardize attending your Commencement Ceremony!

Can I purchase a boxed lunch ticket on the day of Commencement?

No. Boxed lunch tickets must be purchased in advance by Monday, April 29 at 12/noon ET.

How will I receive my lunch tickets?

Purchased lunch tickets for graduates and their guests will be picked up when they collect their ticket packet. Graduates can expect information about ticket packet pickup in the days leading up to Commencement 2024.

Graduates must coordinate with their guests to ensure everyone has their lunch ticket in hand before the HES Commencement Ceremony, otherwise their lunch cannot be picked up.

Note: To ensure efficiency with the large crowd on Commencement Day, it is strongly recommended to distribute lunch tickets before lining up for lunch pickup.

Where do I pick up my pre-purchased boxed lunch?

Boxed lunches will be picked up at the HES Commencement Ceremony site, which is located at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St. Cambridge, MA 02138.

What time can I pick up my pre-purchased boxed lunch?

Boxed lunch pick up will begin at 12/noon ET.

Are lunch tickets refundable?

Boxed lunch tickets are nonrefundable, even in the event of non-retrieval on Commencement Day.

Kindly note: For any boxed lunch not claimed by 3 p.m., Harvard DCE will make efforts to donate unclaimed food to a local charity organization.