About the Harvard Alumni Association
The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) maintains and enhances a highly engaged, vibrant community of alumni and friends worldwide.
The Harvard Alumni Association was previously known as the Associated Harvard Alumni. The latter was formed on July 1, 1965, as an amalgamation of the Harvard Alumni Association (est. 1840) and the Associated Harvard Clubs (est. 1897).
The HAA, with offices on the 6th floor of 124 Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge, is the official association of all alumni of Harvard University. Its regular members include recipients of all degrees granted by the University and Radcliffe College, as well as the members of all University Faculties. Others whose names appear on the alumni records of the University, but who have not received degrees, are associate members. They may attend any meetings and take part in any activities of the Association but may not vote for Overseers of the University or Directors of the HAA.
The purpose of the HAA as stated in its Constitution is to promote the welfare of Harvard University and to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between Harvard University and its alumni. The HAA helps alumni connect with the University and with fellow graduates through a wealth of Club activities, continuing education programs, online services, and alumni events around the world.
The HAA has constitutional duties to nominate candidates for Overseer and elected HAA Directors and to conduct the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association in May on the afternoon of Commencement. The main work of the Association is carried out by standing committees of the HAA Board of Directors, with each Director serving on at least one committee. These committees cover such areas as educational alumni events, communications, Harvard Clubs and Shared Interest Groups, reunions, the graduate schools' alumni organizations, recent graduates, and undergraduates. The HAA also administers two awards: the HAA Award and the Harvard Medal.
The Board of Directors holds three slated meetings each year in Cambridge. At these meetings, in addition to the transaction of the business of the Association, the Directors are informed about University programs, facilities, and concerns. They participate in discussions with students, administrators, and faculty members. Informed Directors can thus provide knowledgeable leadership in interpreting Harvard to alumni and others. In addition, the Harvard Alumni Association sponsors yearly meetings away from Cambridge in conjunction with local Harvard Clubs and graduate school associations. These meetings assist in spreading the current story of Harvard.