Frequently Asked Questions

This spring, Harvard and Radcliffe College Reunions and Harvard Alumni Day will take place the week following Commencement. 

General Questions

When is my Reunion this year?

You can find all 2023 reunion schedules on the home page of the reunion website. All Reunions will be held the week following Commencement, encompassing Harvard Alumni Day, which will occur on Friday, June 2.

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

Currently, we are moving forward with planning an in-person Reunion. Should Reunions become subject to convening restrictions or requirements, 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?

Information about reunion pricing will be available in mid-winter. 

When can I register for my Reunion?

Reunion registrations are launching on a rolling basis from late March into April. When your registration form is live you can find it in on your class page. 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 will be available for all classes on campus Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3 (5th–35th Reunions). Additional information is forthcoming. Registration for childcare will be available when you register for your Reunion in the late winter.

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

The Harvard Alumni Association welcomes visiting alumni of all religions to observe their faith traditions while on campus. We will keep this website up to date on services and resources.

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

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 allows for graduates and their loved ones to truly celebrate their accomplishments.

The shift in Reunions timing allows alumni priority access to campus, including buildings, campus housing, the Yard, and local hotels. However, 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. These feature University leaders and faculty members, class-based virtual programs, and local in-person gatherings at each class’s discretion. Information about upcoming programs is forthcoming. 

I need my HarvardKey to register for my Reunion. How do I set one up?   

You can claim your HarvardKey online (make sure to choose the “alumni” option). You will need your Harvard Alumni Association ID number, which can be found in the footer of any email from the HAA. You can find more information about how to claim your HarvardKey on our website. If you need assistance setting up your HarvardKey, you can contact the HAA Help Desk.  


Hotels and Campus Housing

Will campus housing be an option for my Class? What hotel blocks will be available? Can I book my hotel now?

Information regarding campus housing for classes celebrating a 5th-50th Reunion will be posted later this fall. Registration for campus housing and Reunion will be available in late winter. Campus housing assignments will not be available in advance. You will receive your housing assignment upon arrival at reunion headquarters.

Information about hotel blocks in the Cambridge and Boston area will be available in the fall. 

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

Specific information about shuttles is forthcoming, but transportation will be provided. 

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

While at Reunion, complimentary parking and transportation resources will be available throughout your stay on campus. Additional information about specific parking locations is 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 a twin bed, disposable linens, a towel, soap, and trash bags. Please note, on-campus accommodations often have shared bathrooms and no air conditioning. 

Can I get my campus housing assignment before I arrive?

We will not be able to share campus housing assignments before your arrival. You will receive your dorm/House and room information when you arrive and check in at the Housing Desk. 

How are housing assignments made? 

In determining housing assignments, our priority is making sure our assignments match the accessibility, health (refrigeration for breast milk, insulin, etc.), and religious (nonelectronic access on the sabbath, etc.) needs of reunion attendees. Our goal is to cluster reunion classes together, but we cannot guarantee all will be in the same house or dorm. Specific housing location preferences or roommate requests cannot be accommodated.  


Harvard Alumni Day Celebration on Friday, June 2

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, now called Harvard Alumni Day, will take place the week following Commencement in tandem with College Reunions and other University-wide programs. Harvard Alumni Day celebrations will include the traditional alumni parade into Tercentenary Theatre 

What will Harvard Alumni Day look like? Will it still include the traditional alumni parade? 

Harvard Alumni Day will take place on Friday, June 2, 2023, in Tercentenary Theatre, during on-campus Reunions. 

The alumni celebration will include the traditional Tree Spread along with class reunion luncheons followed by the traditional festive and celebratory alumni parade led by the eldest alumni into Tercentenary Theatre.  

Additional information about the program and featured speakers is forthcoming. 

How do I register for Harvard Alumni Day?

If you are registered for your Reunion’s Friday daytime activities, you don’t need to register for Harvard Alumni Day or the luncheon separately.  

What about Commencement Tickets? Can I still attend?  

Alumni can request a limited number of tickets for Commencement on Thursday, May 25, but note this is only to attend the Morning Exercises and will not include the traditional alumni parade into Tercentenary Theatre led by our oldest classes. The alumni parade, traditional celebration of the Harvard Medalists, and remarks from the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard president and president-elect will take place on June 2. Your Reunion registration will also be your Harvard Alumni Day registration—you do not need to register separately for the event. 


Radcliffe Day

When is Radcliffe Day?

Radcliffe Day will remain on the Friday after Commencement (May 26, 2023), continuing to serve as the capstone celebration of Commencement week. For alumni/ae who are not able to attend in person, the Radcliffe Day program will be livestreamed. 

All alumni/ae are encouraged to attend in person or join the livestream. Additional details are forthcoming. We are working closely with our Radcliffe colleagues to ensure that Radcliffe programming will be offered as part of our reunion activities. Questions about Radcliffe Day can be directed to the Radcliffe Events team at 617-496-1084 email radcliffeday@radcliffe.harvard.edu.   


Tree Spread

Is the Tree Spread Still Happening? How Do I Sign Up to Attend?  

Yes! The Tree Spread is very much still happening and is free to all alumni in the Class of 1973 and earlier. If you are in the Class of 1973 or earlier and in a reunion year, you will register for the Tree Spread through your reunion registration. If you are in the Class of 1973 or earlier and not in a reunion year, you will register for the Tree Spread through your registration for the Crimson Society program (more on the Crimson Society below).  


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 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 year's program will take place June 1–2, 2023, culminating with the Tree Spread luncheon, alumni parade, and the Harvard Alumni Day celebration. 

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 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 1972 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 Reunions 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?

There are no on-campus accommodations available for Crimson Society attendees. Information about hotel blocks in the Cambridge and Boston area will be available in late September. 


COVID Guidelines

What precautions is Harvard generally taking during Reunions?

The University’s COVID task force is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will advise on plans for 2023 Commencement, Reunions, and Harvard Alumni Day. Their most recent community updates are posted here. We will be following their advice for all Harvard Alumni Association sponsored events.

Will there be vaccination requirements for reunion attendees?

Additional information about any vaccination requirements is forthcoming. 

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 any University COVID safety protocols.

Will I have to wear a mask?

University COVID safety protocols will be followed by alumni and guests during Reunions. As the date for your Reunion approaches, we will keep you up to date on the current requirements. 

What kind of spaces will we be using for reunion events?

We will be taking into account the current COVID situation as we make decisions about spaces and will prioritize the use of outdoor spaces as needed. 

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.