What is the HAA Crimson Society?
The HAA Crimson Society is the organization of all Harvard College and Radcliffe College alumni/ae starting the year after their 50th Reunion. The HAA Crimson Society Planning Committee plans an annual program inviting all non-reunion alumni/ae back to campus for festivities and programs to foster alumni/ae connections in the years between Harvard's traditional milestone Reunions. This program culminates on Commencement Day with the Morning Exercises, Tree Spread luncheon, Alumni Procession, and Afternoon Program: Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association.
How is Spring 2021 different?
In consultation with University leadership and Harvard University Health Services, 2021 Crimson Society events will be held in a virtual-only format this year. No in-person gathering is planned. While we recognize this news is difficult for those looking forward to returning to campus to participate in this alumni tradition, we are looking forward to our annual celebration of alumni and volunteers and the opportunity to virtually connect with alumni globally as part of this year’s event.
How did this idea come about?
A few years ago, the dauntless Dan Fenn AB ’44, AM ’72, now deceased, casually remarked to HAA Executive Director Philip Lovejoy that "at our age, five years is too long." This comment sparked a long process of study and discussion by the HAA Board's Maintaining Connections CAP IV committee, made up of your peers, and resulted in a model that retains and celebrates traditional 55th, 60th, 65th, and 70th Reunions while also providing annual opportunities for fellow classmates to come together from all classes and celebrate our Harvard community.
When do I become a member of the HAA Crimson Society?
Membership in the HAA Crimson Society starts immediately following your 50th Reunion—you do not need to apply! Harvard and Radcliffe alumni/ae from the Classes of 1970 and prior, and who are not celebrating a milestone Reunion this coming spring, will be invited to the HAA Crimson Society programming that will take place this spring.
Will we still have a 55th, 60th, 65th, and 70th Reunion?
Absolutely! You will still celebrate your milestone Reunion thanks to the dedicated work of your Class and Reunion Committees. Memorial services, class photos, reconnecting, and exploring all our campus has to offer with your classmates are pivotal parts of the reunion experience. The HAA Crimson Society events will be held annually in addition to milestone Reunions.
What does this mean for Class and Reunion Committees?
Class and Reunion Committees are vital to both the milestone Reunion and HAA Crimson Society experience. Representatives from across the classes will be asked to join the HAA Crimson Society planning process as well as reach out to their classmates in the in-between years to get them excited about returning to campus!
How are cost and accessibility being considered in the HAA Crimson Society program?
The HAA Crimson Society Planning Committee is working to build a successful long-term program while keeping accessibility and affordability as primary values. All 2021 programming will be held in a virtual-only format, and all events will be free of charge.
When it is safe to gather in person again, we will try to have the activities in an area that is convenient to all with little to no travel in between events. The goal is to have accessibility everywhere. The HAA will work directly with the Harvard University Office of Disability Services to develop and refine our best practices to provide a safe, convenient program for all attendees.
Will the HAA Crimson Society attendees be able to stay on campus?
All 2021 HAA Crimson Society programming will be held in a virtual-only format, and therefore no travel will occur. When it is safe to gather in person again, all travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the attendees. Room blocks are only available for alumni/ae celebrating a milestone Reunion.