Move-In Activities for Families of the Class of 2023


Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 9:00am to 6:00pm




9:00 AM-3:00 PM; First-Year Dorms 
Take time to unpack and organize, meet your student’s roommates, Proctor, and Peer Advising Fellows (PAFs), and much more! 

  • Keys and move-in packets will be available at welcome tents located in Harvard Yard or outside of 6 Prescott Street. Mail and package pick-up is located in the Science Center. 
  • Most first-year students will move in on August 27; those participating in pre-orientation will arrive on the date specified by the program.

Download Arriving at Harvard (PDF)


Family Lounge 

10:00 AM-4:00 PM; Phillips Brooks House Parlor Room
Take a break from moving and unpacking by joining other first-year parents for conversation and complimentary light snacks and beverages! Current students and administrators will be available to answer questions and talk about their experiences at Harvard. Hosted by the Dean of Students Office and Harvard College Fund Parent Engagement Program. 

Historical Tours 

12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM; Departing from the Information Tent in Harvard Yard 

Family Resource Fair 

2:00-4:30 PM; Cabot Library, Science Center 
Staff members from across Harvard College offices will be present to talk with families about the many resources available to first-year students and their families! 

  • Note: Complemetary beverages will be available

Official Welcome for the Families of the Class of 2023 

3:00-4:00 PM (2:15 PM Doors Open
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall (overflow seating in Science Center Halls B & C) 

Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, Dean of Students Katie O’Dair, and Chief of Counseling and Mental Health Services Dr. Barbara Lewis welcome the families of the Class of 2023! Hear about what to expect during this important time of transition for students and families alike. During this time families will be treated to a performance by Harvard Band, witness a student-produced slideshow highlighting Harvard’s first year, and hear remarks from a fellow parent. 
Note: Seating in Sanders will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the house is closed, we will not be able to admit any further attendees, but there will be overflow seating to view a simulcast of the event in Science Center Halls B & C. In order to admit the largest possible amount of family members, there will be no saving of seats. No luggage will be allowed in the Theatre. 


4:00-7:15 PM Annenberg Dining Hall, Memorial Hall 
Families are welcome to enjoy dinner ($12 per person) in our historic dining hall for first-year students. Student meals are covered by the meal plan. Due to volume, we encourage you to attend dinner based on your student's Yard assignment:

Note: Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance Online.

Family Farewells 

6:00 PM 
Families should reconnect to say goodbye in time for students to attend a mandatory evening meeting beginning at 6:30 PM. 

Download the Schedule and Map (PDF)

For details about Orientation, please visit the First-Year Experience Office website.