25th Reunion

Class of 1997

Our 25th Reunion is June 2–5! You’ll find our full schedule below as well as a link to register. If you have any questions about the schedule or your registration, feel free to email our class inbox at 25threunion_haa@harvard.edu. We can’t wait to see you!

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Schedule

Thursday, June 2

4:00–10:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

6:00–10:00 p.m.

Casual Welcome Reception

Phillips Brooks House Courtyard

Food and drinks provided. Dress comfortably, as we will be standing all evening.

10:30 p.m.

Informal Class Meetup

Tentative: Russell House Tavern, 14 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge

Friday, June 3

Throughout the Day

 

Children's Program AM session: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Beginning this year, the Children’s Program is for Reunion Class’s children/grandchildren ages 3 to 17

Children's Program PM session: 6 p.m.–Midnight

8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

8:00–10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Annenberg Dining Hall

10:00–11:30 a.m.

Being First: College Trailblazers on the Challenges, Privileges, and Responsibilities of a Harvard Education

Science Center Hall C

Classmates share their experience of being the first in their family to attend college, the privilege of a Harvard education, and our responsibility to each other, those who come after us, and the world at large. Get ready to be inspired to bring about change in your own life and that of others!

With: Jill Ford, Larry Huynh, Percival Matthews, Rachel Priester, Rey Ramos, Claudia Sanchez

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Class Lunch

Annenberg Dining Hall

1:30 p.m.

University-wide Alumni Procession

Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard

2:30 p.m.

Harvard Alumni Day

Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard

A University-wide, global event honoring alumni impact, citizenship, and community. The time-honored and festive alumni parade led by the eldest alumni into Tercentenary Theatre will kick off the afternoon festivities. Following the parade, the program, led by the HAA president Vanessa W. Liu AB ’96, JD ’03, will feature former poet laureate, Pulitzer-prize winner, and Harvard Professor Tracy K. Smith AB ’94 as the Harvard Alumni Day keynote speaker. The speaking program will also include a report from Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow MPP ’76, JD ’76, PhD ’78, and a celebration of Harvard Medalists, along with musical components, and recognition of the Chief Marshal of Alumni Allyson Hobbs AB '97.

4:30–6:00 p.m.

VeriTalks (Like TED Talks, But Better!): Sharing Life Lessons, 25 Years On

Science Center Hall B

Join us for a special 25th Reunion version of Lightning TED Talks. Classmates will share their stories, insights, wisdom, and creativity in a brief talk or performance. This is an event not to be missed, covering a wide range of themes and formats – there will be something for everyone!

4:30–6:00 p.m.

Joint Singles Mixer

Queen's Head Pub

Are you single and up for meeting up with fellow single Harvard alums from a range of Reunion classes? This is the venue for you! (And we’ll still learn something – VeriTalks will be streamed in, in case you need an icebreaker!)

5:30 p.m.

HR97 Couples Photo

Widener Library Steps

Did you know that our Class includes more than 40 couples? We invite our '97-'97 couples to gather on the steps of Widener for a "Love, '97" group photo. (Only one of you in attendance at the reunion? You should still join!)

6:00 p.m.

Class Photo

Widener Library Steps

7:00–11:00 p.m.

Class Dinner

Science Center Plaza Tent

Dress up or down as you please, but wear comfortable shoes, as classmate and DJ Diallo Riddle will return to the decks for a special '97 set that will have you dancing off dinner well into the night!

11:30 p.m.

Informal Class Meetup

Tentative: Grafton Street Pub & Grill, 59John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge

Saturday, June 4

Throughout the Day

 

Children’s Program AM session: 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.–6 p.m.

 

Children’s Program PM session: 6 p.m.–Midnight

8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

8:00–10:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Annenberg Dining Hall

10:00 a.m.–Noon

Advocacy and Government: Get Inspired to Get Involved by Classmates with a Public Service Calling

Sanders Theatre

Classmates share their path in and around public service and the government. Hear from insiders and outsiders on their lives and their work and get ready to be inspired to action!

With:

Kristen Clarke: Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she leads enforcement efforts and works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all who live in America.

Andrei Cherny: CEO and co-founder of Aspiration, sustainability-as-a-service company integrating climate change-fighting action into what people and businesses do every day.

Hahrie Han: Professor of Political Science and the inaugural director of the SNF Agora Institute, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Political Science, and Faculty Director of the P3 Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University.

Vivek Maru: Social entrepreneur and human rights activist who is currently CEO of Namati, an international organization that seeks to build a movement of grassroots legal activities.

Kenneth Polite: Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he supervises over 600 federal prosecutors who conduct a wide range of investigations and prosecutions.

John Turner: Lawyer and Texas State Representative who has co-authored legislation for better school funding, property tax relief, improved benefits for retired teachers, easier access to Pre-K for families with young children, enhanced gas line safety, and stronger support for first responders.

12:30 p.m.

Field Day Luncheon and BBQ

Memorial Church Steps

3:00 p.m.

Affinity and Shared Interest Group Meet-ups, Class-based and Multi-Class

Location TBD

3:00–4:00 p.m.

Admissions Panel

Science Center B

Join Dean of Admissions Bill Fitzsimmons '67 and other senior Admissions and Financial Aid officers for this discussion of Harvard College admissions.

5:00 p.m.

Buses board for transportation to Boston Pops

Quincy Street

Buses will leave as they are filled. The last bus will depart at 6:00 p.m.

For families who will be attending the Pops, evening childcare will be provided starting at 4:30 p.m. in the MAC. If your children fall into the older age category (9 years old or older) at around 6:00 p.m., they will be escorted to the Hemenway Gym for their age-appropriate activities. The younger children will remain at the MAC. Please note that dinner will not be served for your children. In years past, the children brought food with them to have when they got hungry. Most families just grabbed food from the square and brought it in.

6:00–10:00 p.m.

Boston Pops Dinner & Concert

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Join classmates for Reunion Weekend's signature social eventa once-every-25-years evening at Symphony Hall. Cocktails and dinner will be followed by a special concert tailored for our Class, honoring our Class. In addition to traditional Pops favorites like Cantina Band from Star Wars, the program will feature compositions by classmate composers Daniel Freeman, Michael Friedman, and Caroline Mallonee with guest performances by classmates Stephen Cho (cello), Salley Koo (violin), Julia Tom (cello), and a selection conducted by Jonathan Yates.

There will not be any print or digital tickets for this event.

10:00 p.m.

Buses return to campus

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Buses will depart Symphony Hall from the Huntington Avenue entrance and return to campus with stops at the Marriott as needed.

10:30 p.m.

Informal Class Meetup

Tentative: Russell House Tavern, 14 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge

Sunday, June 5

8:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

All House/dorm keys must be dropped off by noon on Sunday, June 5. Please note there is *no luggage storage* available at headquarters.

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Memorial Service

Memorial Church

Join us as we remember and celebrate all our beloved classmates who are no longer with us. Featuring a violin solo by classmate, Aaron Brown, and special music from The Jameson Singers (a community chorus with many Harvard alumni and faculty members).

*Please feel free to share classmate remembrances on our online community board.

 

10:30 a.m.–Noon

Farewell Brunch

Annenberg Dining Hall

*All times in EDT

 

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