Registration & Schedule

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Online registration is now closed, but you may register in person on campus during the weekend. If you need to make changes to your registration, please contact

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. 

Arriving at the Smith Campus Center

If you are attending Junior Family Weekend on Friday, March 1st, check-in will be located in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.

Getting to the Smith Campus Center

  • Arriving by Foot or Car (drop off): The address is 1350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
  • Arriving by Car (parking): The complimentary parking is located at 52 Oxford Street. From the Oxford Street Garage it is a 10-15 minute walk to the Smith Campus Center. You can access directions via google maps
  • Arriving by Red Line (subway): The MBTA Harvard Square stop on the Red Line is located just outside the Smith Campus Center. For schedule information and to plan your route, please visit the MBTA website.

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 (Check-In and Welcome)

Check-In and Welcome

Harvard Commons in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue

Informaton Available throughout the Day

Check in to collect the schedule, campus map, family buttons, open class listings, and other helpful resources. Family buttons are required to enter museums, libraries, gyms, and the dining hall for Saturday’s lunch, but not open houses, panel discussions, or lectures.

Yearbook Information
Representatives from the Yearbook will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions about purchases.

Morning Information and Welcome Sessions

Class Ring Information
The Harvard Shop will be available to answer questions about class rings and the One Ring Ceremony which will take place from 2:30–3:30pm in Science Center Hall C on Saturday, March 2nd. Class ring questions can also be directed to

Coffee Hosted by the Dean of Students Office
Please join our Dean of Students, Katie O’Dair and members of her staff for coffee.

Friday, March 1st (Morning and Open Houses)

Visit Classes
Various Times and Locations

  • Schedule available at Check-In. Very few courses meet on Fridays and those listed are included with the permission of the instructor.

Harvard Museum of Natural History Open House
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.

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

  • Free admission with Harvard family button.
  • See exhibits on the Arts of War, Maya monuments, and the archaeology of early Harvard, including the colonial Indian College.

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, Third 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.

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.

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, Houghton Library

  • 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.
  • Refreshments will be served.

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

  • Visit the Archives for a display of historical treasures - learn about Harvard’s history, traditions, and student life from the 17th century to the present.

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 for Intercultural and Race Relations. The purpose of the Harvard Foundation 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.

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

  • In Spring 2014, the FAS faculty voted to adopt an Honor Code for Harvard College, confirming integrity as the foundation of the academic experience at Harvard. This value is embodied both by the instructional experiences in the classrooms and the work of the Honor Council, which strives to educate the community about issues of academic integrity via the principles of community governance.
  • 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)

  • The staff and undergraduate interns in the Office of BGLTQ Student Life and the Office of Diversity Education & Support invite you to visit their newly renovated space in Grays Hall. Learn about their signature programs, events, and resources.
  • Everyone is welcome!

*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 382 years of Harvard’s history and legends.
  • Please bring comfortable walking shoes.

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

  • Visit the Harvard Map Collection and see new and old maps ranging from the first modern atlases to Japanese military maps from 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.

Friday, March 1st (Afternoon)

Friday Afternoon: All seating is on a space available basis. 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 Hall C

  • 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 the decision 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 and Ashri Anurudran ‘19, Economics Concentrator in Leverett House.

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

  • Your student may be eagerly awaiting their Commencement Day or dreading just the mere idea of it, but one thing is certain: May 28, 2020 will bring forth all the honored traditions that makes Harvard College so unique. The time between the last exam and Commencement Day includes nearly two weeks of excitement and long farewells for undergraduate students.
  • There will be social events for the entire class as well as more personal House-based events. You may have questions ranging from when you should arrive to how many people can attend the ceremony? Your student may be wondering about their honors designation and where exactly they will receive their diploma? 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
3:15–4:30 p.m., 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, Office of Career Services 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 Deans’ Residence, Apthorp House
  • Cabot: Cabot Hall Living Room, E-Entryway
  • Currier: Faculty Deans’ Residence
  • Dudley: Lehman Hall, Graduate Student Lounge, 2nd Floor (4:00-6:30pm)
  • Dunster: Faculty Dean’s Residence
  • Eliot: Faculty Deans’ 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 Massachusetts Ave. (2nd Floor)
  • Mather: Faculty Deans’ Residence, 10 Cowperthwaite Street
  • Pforzheimer: Holmes Living Room
  • Quincy: Faculty Deans’ Residence, 3 DeWolfe Street
  • Winthrop: Junior Common Room

Saturday, March 2nd

Jogging Tour of Harvard & Fun Run
8:00–9:00 a.m., 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 & Information Table
9:00am–12:00pm, Science Center Arcade
  • On Saturday, Check-In 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.
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.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Open House
9:00am–5:00pm, 11 Divinity Avenue
Student-Led Tour: 2:00–2:45pm
  • Free admission with Harvard family button.
  • See exhibits on the Arts of War, Maya monuments, and the archaeology of early Harvard, including the colonial Indian College.
Harvard Art Museums
10:00am–5:00pm, 32 Quincy Street
Student-Led Tour: 11:15am–12:15pm (Meet at the digital signs near the Admissions Desk in the Calderwood Courtyard.)
  • 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

Tech Science to Save the World
10:00–10:45am, Science Center Hall C
Latanya Sweeney, Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Faculty Dean of Currier House

  • This talk will focus on the scientific research on unforeseen consequences of technology design and its adverse impact on democracy, privacy, and humankind, and what to do about it.

Why We Animals Sing
10:00–10:45am, Science Center Hall D
Brian Farrall, Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America; Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Faculty Dean of Leverett House

  • An exploration of the connections between the arts and sciences.

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Are We Ready?
11:00am–11:45am, Science Center Hall C
Lee Gehrke, Professor of Health Sciences and Technology; Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology; Faculty Dean of Quincy House

  • Professor Gehrke’s laboratory studies viruses that cause human diseases, including Zika, West Nile, and Chikungunya. His talk will describe how viruses spill over into human populations to become severe health threats, and how his laboratory is using new technologies including organoids (“mini brains”) to understand which cells are infected by viruses, and then use this information to stop virus infections.

Divine Providence and the Problem of Evil: Is God a Free-Range Parent?
11:00–11:45am, Science Center Hall D
Cheryl Chen, Senior Lecturer on Philosophy; Faculty Dean of Dunster House
Is the existence of a benevolent and all-powerful god compatible with all the suffering we find in the world? A guided tour through some philosophical responses to the “Problem of Evil.”

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 Harvard family button). House Committees will be leading tours of the Houses, departing from the Dining Halls at 1:00pm.

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 382-year old university. Tour will last approximately 30 minutes and end near Johnston Gate, so that family members can depart for the House lunches.

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 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. 


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