Registration & Schedule

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Registration
 

Register Now for Junior Family Weekend

Online registration will remain open until Friday, February 22nd, but you may register in person on campus during the weekend. If you need to make changes to your registration, please contact parents@fas.harvard.edu.

As you make your travel plans for the Class of 2020’s Junior Family Weekend please keep the following information in mind:

Visiting Campus
 

  • For your convenience, we have reserved a select number of rooms at area hotels. There are a limited number blocked for the weekend, so we recommend booking your accommodations as soon as possible.
  • Complimentary parking at a nearby campus garage runs from 5pm on Thursday, February 28th through 2pm on Sunday, March 3rd. 

Schedule: Junior Family Weekend - Class of 2020


Our scheduled program begins the morning of Friday, March 1 and runs until mid-day Saturday, March 2. Friday is utilized for a significant portion of our programming to give families the chance to visit as many Harvard College offices, classes, and panels as possible.

Please refer to the final schedule when you check in for any additions.

Friday, March 1st (All Day)

Check-In
8:30am – 5:00pm
Harvard Commons in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave.

Visit our check-in area in the beautifully-remodeled Smith Campus Center (formally known as the Holyoke Center). Enter from Massachusetts Avenue and signage will point you towards the Harvard Commons where you’ll find everything you need to start your day:

  • Katie O'Dair, Dean of Students, and her staff will be hosting coffee until 11:00am.
  • Family buttons are required to enter museums, libraries, gyms, and the dining hall for Saturday’s lunch. Check-in is open all day, so if the Smith Center isn’t your first stop please stop by at some point during the day to pick up your family button.
  • If you registered online please check-in to collect the schedule, campus map, family buttons and list of Friday morning classes.
  • Haven’t registered ahead of time? Please come by and register in person.

Yearbook and Class Ring* Information
8:30am-5:00pm
*The Harvard Shop will be available from 8:30-10:30am
Check-In Area at Harvard Commons in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave.

  • Representatives from the Yearbook will be on hand to answer questions about purchases.
  • The Harvard Shop will be available to answer questions about class ring purchases and the One Ring Ceremony. Class ring questions can also be directed to classring@hsa.net

Harvard Museum of Natural History Open House
9:00am–5:00pm, Monday-Sunday
26 Oxford Street

  • Free admission with Harvard family button. See new and historic exhibits featuring Harvard’s extraordinary natural history collections and research from across the University. View list of current exhibitions.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Open House
Museum Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Sunday
Student-led tour: 12:30-1:15 pm
11 Divinity Avenue

  • Free admission with Harvard family button. See the Arts of War, Maya monuments, and the archaeology of early Harvard, including the colonial Indian College. View list of current exhibitions.

Harvard Art Museums Open House
10:00am-5:00pm, 32 Quincy Street

  • Free admission with Harvard family button. Discover the rich collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, newly united in a state-of-the-art facility designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. View list of current exhibitions.

Friday, March 1st (Morning)

Coffee hosted by the Dean of Students Staff
8:30-11:00am
Check-in area at the Harvard Commons in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue

  • Please join our Dean of Students, Katie O'Dair and members of her staff for coffee and a chat before you head out for the day.

Visit classes (schedule available at check-in desk)
Friday morning, various locations

  • Very few courses meet on Fridays and those listed are done so with the permission of the instructor.

Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) Open House
9:30-11:00am, 5-7 Linden Street

  • Come meet the BSC staff and learn about programs and services to support students in their academic experience, including individual consultation, peer tutoring, workshops on study skills, and the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies.

Office of International Education: Thinking Outside the Yard
9:30am–12:00pm
1414 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor (entrance located next to Bank of America entrance)

  • Please visit the Office of International Education to learn about how students can make academic year, term-time, and summer study abroad opportunities part of their Harvard experience.

Wadsworth House Open House
10:00am – 12:00pm
Wadsworth House,
1341 Massachusetts Avenue, University Marshal’s Office, First Floor

  • You are invited to an open house at historic Wadsworth House, where you can learn a bit of Harvard history, tour the photo gallery of notable Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients, and hear about the priorities and challenges facing our modern University.

Houghton Library Open House
10:00am-12:00pm

  • Get to know the College’s principal repository for rare books and manuscript and visit the library, collections, beautiful literary-themed rooms, and staff.
  • Learn about how students can explore Houghton’s holdings in the Reading Room, through classes, the library's Undergraduate Fellowship Program, and events. For information on exhibitions please visit: https://library.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton.
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • In addition to visiting Houghton, you can also check out the Harvard University Archives and tour Widener Library between 10am and noon (last tour leaves at 11:30am), and the Harvard Map Collection Open House between 11am and 1pm.

Harvard University Archives Open House
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pusey Library

  • Visit the University Archives for a display of historical treasures - learn about Harvard’s history, traditions, and student life from the 17th century to the present.
  • In addition to visiting the Archives, you can also check out the Houghton Library Open House and tour Widener Library between 10 am and noon (last tour leaves at 11:30am), and the Harvard Map Collection Open House (right down the hall) between 11am and 1pm.

Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations Open House
10:00am–12:00pm
Thayer Hall, Basement Room 2

  • Come meet the staff and interns of the Harvard Foundation, an intercultural, interethnic, and interreligious agency whose purpose is to work with undergraduate students of all backgrounds to improve intercultural understanding on campus through scholarly programs and cultural celebrations.

Harvard College Women’s Center Open House
10:00am–12:00pm
Canaday Hall B-Entry

  • Come meet the staff and interns of the Women’s Center and learn about their programs, events, and services. All family members and students are welcome.

Widener Library Tours
10:00am-12:00pm
Widener Library

  • Visit Harvard’s flagship library to learn about its storied history, dynamic services, and extraordinary collections. Guided tours are offered every 15 minutes, with the last tour departing at 11:30am. Tours will last approximately 25 minutes. A showcase in Widener will highlight Harvard Library’s innovative programing and its diverse resources.
  • In addition to Widener tours, you can also check out the Harvard University Archives and Houghton Library Open Houses between 10am and noon, and the Harvard Map Collection Open House between 11am and 1pm.

The Liberal Arts, the Honor Code and Academic Integrity at Harvard College
11:00am – 11:45am
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

  • Integrity is the foundation of the academic experience at Harvard College.
  • In Spring 2014, the FAS faculty voted to adopt an Honor Code for Harvard College.
  • These themes are reinforced in the courses and tutorials that students take in their concentrations and the General Education program, and by an Honor Council. The Honor Council’s work is grounded in the principles of community governance and strives to educate about academic integrity. The panel moderator will be Brett Flehinger, Associate Dean of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct and Secretary of the Honor Council.

Office of BGLTQ* Student Life and Office of Diversity Education & Support Open House
11:00am–12:00pm
Grays Hall Lower Level - South Entrance

*Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Trans, Queer, and Questioning

Historical Tour by Crimson Key Society
11:00am-12:00pm
John Harvard Statue, Harvard Yard

  • Join the Crimson Key Society for an hour-long tour highlighting Harvard’s history and legends. Please bring comfortable walking shoes.

Harvard Map Collection Open House
11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Pusey Library

  • Visit the Harvard Map Collection and see new and old maps ranging from the first modern atlases to Japanese military maps captured during World War II to maps made from the latest geospatial data.
  • Our 200-year-old collection has over 500,000 maps and terabytes of data. Talk with Map Librarians learn how students and faculty use these maps in their research.
  • In addition to visiting the Map Collection, you can check out the University Archives Open House (right down the hall) and the Houghton Library Open House between 10am and noon. Widener Library guided tours are offered between 10am-noon (last tour leaves at 11:30am).

Friday, March 1st (Afternoon)

Please note: All seating is on a space available basis and once a room is filled we must keep the doors closed. The panelists and speakers greatly appreciate audience members arriving before the start of the session.

Writing A Thesis
1:00 – 1:45pm
Science Center Lecture Hall

  • For many juniors the decision whether to write a thesis is significant and one that will heavily impact their senior year. For some a thesis is not a choice but rather a required part of their concentration. This discussion will address what factors go into deciding to write a thesis and what the process of writing one entails.
  • Moderator: Amanda Claybaugh, Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Panelists: Andrew Berry, Assistant Head Tutor in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Anne Harrington, Professor in the History of Science and Faculty Dean of Pforzheimer House; Anya Bassett, Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies in Social Studies.

That Last Thursday in May: Commencement, What to Expect? Q&A Session
2:00-2:45pm
Science Center Lecture Hall

  • What is senior week? When should you arrive in Cambridge? How early should you be in the Yard on Thursday morning? Where exactly does your student receive the diploma? When do students learn about their honors designation? How many tickets to the ceremony does each student receive? When does your graduate need to move off campus? Have your lists of questions ready because our panelists are prepared to provide answers. This event will have overflow seating with a simulcast in Science Hall D. This session will be filmed and made available online after the weekend.
  • Moderator: Lauren Brandt, Associate Dean of Students
  • Panelists: Michael Burke, FAS Registrar; Kate Drizos Cavell, House Administrator in Kirkland House; Stephan Magro, Harvard University Commencement Director; John Prince, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Engagement in the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development; and Carvina Williams, Academic Coordinator in Dudley House.

Welcome Remarks and Excelling Beyond Harvard: Career Panel
3:15-4:30pm
Sanders Theatre

  • Please join us for a welcome address from Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College and Faculty Dean of Cabot House. Following the welcome remarks career services and fellowship professionals will discuss the various aspects of next step planning, including the job search process and applying for Fellowships, Master's and PhD programs, and Business, Medical, and Law School admissions. Juniors are invited to attend. After the panel OCS staffers will be available for 30 minutes to answer individual questions.
  • Moderator: Robin Mount, Director Office of Career Services
  • Panelists: Anthony Arcieri, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs and Advising; Deb Carroll, Associate Director for Data and Employer Development; Nicole Satyanarayan, Assistant Director, Law and Non-Profits; Gwen Volmar, Assistant Director Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships; Oona Ceder, Associate Director for Premedical & Health Careers Advising; and Travis Lovett, Director for the Center of Public Interest Careers.

House Receptions
5:00-6:30pm
In the Houses

  • Adams: Faculty Dean’s Residence, Apthorp House
  • Cabot: Cabot Hall Living Room, E-Entryway
  • Currier: Faculty Dean’s Residence
  • Dudley: Lehman Hall, Graduate Student Lounge 2nd Floor (4:30-6:00pm) *
  • Dunster: Faculty Dean’s Residence
  • Eliot: Faculty Dean’s Residence*
  • Kirkland: Finnegan Family Junior Common Room
  • Leverett: Faculty Dean’s Residence, 25 DeWolfe Street, 2nd Floor*
  • Lowell: Stewart Room, the Inn at Lowell 1201 Mass. Ave. (2nd Floor)
  • Mather Faculty Deans' Residence - 10 Cowperthwaite Street.
  • Pforzheimer: Holmes Living Room
  • Quincy: Faculty Dean’s Residence, 3 DeWolfe Street
  • Winthrop: Junior Common Room*

*check final schedule at Check-In to confirm locations

Saturday, March 2nd

Jogging Tour of Harvard & Fun Run
8:00am-9:00am
John Harvard Statue, Harvard Yard

  • Start the day with health and fitness in mind! Join us for a leisurely, 4.8-mile jog around the larger Harvard campus and surrounding communities on this peaceful Saturday morning! The pace will be about 10 minutes per mile. Juniors are welcome to accompany their parents. Running attire required. Sponsored by Harvard College Marathon Challenge.

Visit the Check-In and Information Table
9:00 am -12:00pm
Science Center Arcade

  • The Check-In table moves to the Science Center Arcade.
  • If you couldn’t make it on Friday come by to collect the program, campus map, and family buttons.
  • Coffee/tea/hot cocoa will be available.

Throughout the Day
 

Harvard Museum of Natural History
9:00am–5:00pm, 26 Oxford Street

  • Free admission with Harvard Family Button.
  • See new and historic exhibits featuring Harvard’s extraordinary natural history collections and research from across the University. Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Open House
Museum Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Sunday
Student-led tour 2:00-2:45 pm
11 Divinity Avenue

  • Free admission with Harvard Family Button. See the Arts of War, Maya monuments, and the archaeology of early Harvard, including the colonial Indian College.

Harvard Art Museums
Museum Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm
Student-led tour: 11:15 am-12:15pm (Meet at the digital signs near the Admissions Desk in the Calderwood Courtyard.)
32 Quincy Street

  • Free admission with Harvard Family Button.
  • Discover the rich collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, newly united in a state-of-the-art facility designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Faculty Presentation Series

10:00am-12:00pm
Science Center C & D Halls

  • Four House Faculty Deans will give short lectures in their area of academic research on Saturday morning in the Science Center. Final topics and times will be available on the schedule provided at Check-In.

Campus Tour by the Crimson Key Society
12:00-12:30pm
Science Center Arcade

  • A short historical tour around the yard that covers some iconic Harvard buildings and lore of the university. Tour will last approximately 30 minutes and end near Johnston Gate, so that family members can depart for the House lunches.

Class of 2020 Luncheon in the Houses
11:30am -2:15pm
House Dining Halls

  • Join other parents, family members and students to experience lunch in your student’s House Dining Hall. Parents and family members are guests of the Dean of Students Office (complimentary admission with your family button).
  • House Committees will be leading tours of the Houses, departing from the Dining Halls at 1:00pm.


In addition to the map of campus that you will receive during check-in, you can also view a Google Map of key program locations.

Class Ring Information


Questions about class rings or the One Ring Ceremony should be sent to classring@hsa.net. Information about the ceremony will be included in our Events Around Campus list and it is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Planning with your Student


It is important to remember that Harvard College does not hold a midterm exam period. Students have varying workloads with exams and projects at any given time in the semester.  We encourage you to check-in with your student about what their schedule may be like March 1-3 to better prepare for your visit.  If you have an athlete or a someone that travels with a student organization this is very important as well. 

Accessibility
 

Harvard University encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of an accommodation or have any questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Dean of Students Office at parents@fas.harvard.edu