Frequently Asked Questions

In the spring of 2022, Harvard and Radcliffe College Reunions and the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association will take place the week following Commencement. View the full schedule of Spring 2022 Reunions.

General Questions

When is my Reunion this year?

You can find all 2022 reunion schedules on the home page of the reunion website. All Reunions will be held the week following Commencement, encompassing the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, which will occur on Friday, June 3.

Is it possible my in-person Reunion will be canceled?

At this time, we are moving forward with planning an in-person Reunion. In the event that Reunions become subject to convening restrictions/requirements, including cancelation, all changes will be communicated as quickly as possible. Right now, we do not anticipate this will occur, but it is advised that you review cancelation policies for your travel and accommodations in the event Harvard’s protocols change. The University is not held liable for private, nonrefundable arrangements.

How much will my Reunion cost?

Costs for each Reunion are still being determined by your class’s volunteer leaders. Costs will be finalized by the time reunion registration launches early this spring.

When can I register for my Reunion?

Your class’s reunion registration will launch in the early spring of 2022. In the meantime, please email collegereunions_haa@harvard.edu with any questions or needs.

Will there be childcare (or a Children's Program) during Reunions?

Childcare and children’s events will be available for children over the age of 4 all day and evening Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, for classes in the 5th to 45th Reunion, including the traditional Field Day activities on Saturday afternoon. The full schedule for childcare and the children’s program is below, and you can find more information on the reunions website childcare page.

  • Friday day: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. supervised care
  • Friday night: 6:00 p.m.–midnight supervised care
  • Saturday (day): 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. supervised care, transition to Field Day (children expected to be with parents during Field Day); 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. supervised care
  • Saturday evening: 6:00 p.m.–midnight

Why are Reunions the week after Commencement?

The size of Commencement attendance has increased over the years as class size across Schools has gone up to around 8,000 graduates plus their families each year and Reunions now see more than 10,000 attendees per cycle, a great development that also puts a strain on campus and hotel space.

Moving Reunions to the week following Commencement gives you unfettered access to campus, including buildings, campus housing, the Yard, and local hotels. However, in order to provide this access, reunion activities need to occur between the close of Commencement festivities and the start of Harvard’s summer school.

We’ve also introduced more opportunities for reunion classes to come together throughout the year—through broad virtual programs offered by the HAA featuring University leaders and faculty members, class-based virtual programs, and local in-person gatherings at each class’s discretion. You can view what’s currently available on the programs page of the reunions website.

Is there anything different about my Reunion this year?

All the traditional elements of Reunions will remain the same—each class will determine its own programming including meals, intellectual content, cocktail parties, talent shows, etc., and reunion meals will still be offered in class-only settings.

Will there be vaccination requirements for reunion attendees?

All visitors to campus, including alumni, should be aware of the University policies in place at the time of their visit. COVID-19 Safety Awareness Training: Protection/Prevention Practices provides current guidance and safety practices. At this time, the University is requiring those coming to campus for Harvard-sponsored events and activities to be fully vaccinated and masked when indoors. Please plan accordingly.

Will the number of guests I can bring be restricted due to COVID?

You’re welcome to bring guests with you to your Reunion, but your guests must also abide by the University’s COVID safety protocols that are referenced above.

How will Harvard accommodate alumni/ae who observe Shavout, a holiday that falls during the new dates for Reunions?

The Harvard Alumni Association welcomes reunioning alumni of all religions to observe their faith traditions while on campus. This June’s celebration coincides with Shavuot and Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day. We have been in touch with faith leaders on campus to plan opportunities to gather those observing and will have more information to share in spring 2022.

Alumni who will be practicing the religious observances of the Jewish festival of Shavuot during the weekend of Reunion may wish to be in touch with Rabbi Jonah Steinberg, Harvard Jewish chaplain and executive director of Harvard Hillel, who will help the Harvard Alumni Association identify and offer accommodations and arrangements in keeping with the holiday, including kosher meals and religious services. The HAA is happy to work with any alumni wanting to observe their faith traditions while taking part in our activities. Please email collegereunions_haa@harvard.edu with any questions or needs.

If I want to participate in other religious services over my Reunion, are there resources available to me?

You can find information about local faith and non-religious communities on the Harvard Divinity School or Harvard Chaplains websites. If there are other resources you think would be helpful to include, suggest additional resources please contact us at haa_collegealumniprograms@harvard.edu.


Hotels and Campus Housing

Will campus housing be an option for my class? What hotel blocks will be available and can I book my hotel now?

Campus housing will be available for classes celebrating 5th–50th Reunions. You will be able to register for on-campus accommodations when reunion registration opens this spring.

Hotel blocks and pricing have been set and you may book your hotel at any time on the 2022 reunion website. Campus housing prices and hotel block information can be found on the reunion website.

Will there be shuttles from my hotel to my reunion events?

Yes, there will be shuttles to and from the hotels with room blocks to reunion events. Hotels not included in the room blocks booked for 2022 Reunions will not have shuttles.

Where can I park if I plan to stay in campus housing?

Parking on campus will be available. More information on parking options will be forthcoming.

What’s included in campus housing?

While staying on campus offers the opportunity to relive your College days and enjoy a convenient location, on-campus housing is simple and will not come with the same amenities as a hotel room would. Though subject to change, you can plan that your room will be equipped with fresh linens and towels. Please note, on-campus accommodations do often have shared bathrooms and no air conditioning.

What are the cleaning protocols for on-campus housing?

Cleaning protocols for on-campus housing will follow the most recent CDC facility cleaning and disinfecting guidelines and follow standards set by University leadership and Harvard University Health Services.


Alumni Celebration on Friday, June 3

Historically, what was the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA)?

The HAA’s Annual Meeting has always been an opportunity to celebrate Harvard alumni, traditionally taking place on Commencement afternoon. Moving forward, this alumni celebration will take place the week following Commencement in tandem with College Reunions and other University-wide programs.

What will the alumni celebration look like this year?

The alumni celebration will take place on Friday, June 3, 2022 in Tercentenary Theatre, during the time when Reunions will be on campus.

The alumni celebration will include the traditional Tree Spread along with class reunion luncheons followed by the festive and celebratory alumni parade led by the eldest alumni into Tercentenary Theatre. Following the parade, the program, led by the HAA president Vanessa Liu AB ’96, JD ’01, will include a featured speaker from the alumni body, remarks from President Bacow, and a celebration of Harvard Medalists, along with musical components and recognition of the Chief Marshal of Alumni. The program will be an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, classes in reunion, and the global alumni community across the University.


Radcliffe Day

When is Radcliffe Day?

Radcliffe Day will remain on the Friday after Commencement (May 27, 2022), continuing to serve as the capstone celebration of Commencement week. Alumni/ae are encouraged to take part.

We are working closely with our Radcliffe colleagues to ensure that Radcliffe programming will be offered as part of our Reunion activities, in addition to the annual Radcliffe Day Celebration that serves as the capstone of Commencement week. For alumni/ae who are not able to attend in person, the program will be livestreamed.


HAA Crimson Society

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 nonreunion alumni/ae back to campus for festivities and programs to foster alumni/ae connections in the years between Harvard’s traditional milestone Reunions. This year's program will take place on June 2–3, 2022, culminating with the Tree Spread Luncheon, Alumni Procession, and Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association.

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 College Alumni Programs (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 1971 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.

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 travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the attendees. While campus housing will not be available to members of the Crimson Society, the HAA will secure a limited block of hotel rooms available to be reserved by Crimson Society members traveling to Cambridge.