Frequently Asked Questions

This spring, Harvard and Radcliffe College Reunions and Harvard Alumni Day 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?

You can review full package and á la carte costs for your reunion on your reunion registration form. A link to your class’s registration form, when it is live, can be found in the Class Programming section of this website. 

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 and children’s events will be available for children ages three and older all day and evening on Friday, June 3, and most of the day on Saturday, June 4, for alumni celebrating their 5th–45th Reunions. 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.– 6:00 p.m. supervised care, with a break from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for Field Day or Class Lunch activities.
    • Field Day: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. - Food and activities only  

*Please note childcare is NOT provided for any children between the hours of 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, regardless of whether you are participating in class activities or not.  

  • Saturday night: 6:00 p.m.- midnight supervised care
  • Sunday day: Brunch (time varies by class)  

No childcare will be offered on Sunday, June 5.  

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.

How will Harvard accommodate alumni/ae who observe Shavuot during Reunions? 

Alumni who will be celebrating the Jewish festival of Shavuot during the weekend of Reunion are asked to complete this poll to help inform Harvard Hillel’s planning for services and meals.  

Alumni can also be in touch with Rabbi Jonah Steinberg, Harvard Jewish chaplain and executive director of Harvard Hillel, to discuss arrangements. 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?

The Harvard Alumni Association welcomes visiting alumni of all religions to observe their faith traditions while on campus. This June’s celebration coincides with Shavuot and Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day.  

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 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. 

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

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


COVID Guidelines

What precautions is Harvard generally taking during Reunions?

The University’s COVID task force is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is informing plans for 2022 Commencement, Special Celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021, 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.

COVID-19 transmission is currently rated as “high” in Boston and Cambridge. With that in mind, we are asking everyone to test before coming to campus and every day that you have a scheduled event, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. If you have symptoms, no matter how mild, we ask that you do not attend reunion events—even if you test negative. If you test positive, please do not travel to campus or attend reunion events. In crowded settings, especially when indoors, we strongly encourage wearing a high-quality mask that fits securely without air gaps around your nose and mouth. Please be prepared that some events may require masking.

Will there be vaccination requirements for reunion attendees?

As part of your reunion registration, your classmates have attested to coming to campus either fully vaccinated or with a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken within one calendar day of their first event(s) on campus. We will not require reunioning alumni and guests to show proof of vaccination or a negative test when they come to campus. We trust that alumni coming to campus will honor the commitment made through their attestation. Please note, there may be off-campus venues requiring proof of vaccination, so we encourage all alumni attending Reunions to carry their vaccination cards with them.

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.

Will I have to wear a mask?

Beginning March 14, 2022, face coverings are optional in most indoor spaces on Harvard’s campus. In crowded settings, especially when indoors, we strongly encourage wearing a high-quality mask that fits securely without air gaps around your nose and mouth. Please be prepared that some events may require masking. With this in mind, we encourage all Reunion attendees to always carry a face mask with them.

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

We are working to move as many events as possible to outside locations with tents. For events that involve unmasking to eat or drink, we suggest you minimize any unmasked mingling and mask up whenever you can. To-go containers will also be provided should you prefer to eat outside.

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.


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 their 5th–50th Reunions. You can register for campus housing through your reunion registration form.  

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

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

There will be shuttles for alumni in their 55th to 70th Reunion from hotels with room blocks to reunion events. Hotels for these classes 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?

While at Reunion, complimentary parking and transportation resources will be available throughout your stay on campus. Those in the 25th and 50th Reunions should plan to park at the 10 Everett St. Garage. All other attendees should plan to park in the 52 Oxford Street Garage. For those only attending Harvard Alumni Day, parking will be available at the Soldiers Field Parking Garage with shuttle service to the Yard.

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 beds, fresh linens, fresh towels, soap, and trash bags. Please note, on-campus accommodations do often have shared bathrooms and no air conditioning.  


Harvard Alumni Day 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, 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? 

The Harvard Alumni Day 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 traditional festive and celebratory alumni parade led by the eldest alumni into Tercentenary Theatre.  

Following the parade, the program, led by HAA President Vanessa Liu AB ’96, JD ’03, will include featured speaker two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith AB ’94; remarks 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. The program will be an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, reunion classes, and the global alumni community across the University. 

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 26, 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 Harvard Presidents will take place on June 3. Your Reunion registration will also be your Harvard Alumni Day registration—you do not need to register separately for the event. If you are interested in Commencement tickets, you can find more info here


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 attend in person or join us for the livestreamed program. Details, including registration information, can be found here. 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.   

For alumni/ae who are not able to attend in person, the Radcliffe Day program will be livestreamed.


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 1971 and earlier. If you are in the Class of 1971 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 1971 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 2–3, 2022, 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 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 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. However, attendees are welcome to book a room in the reunions block at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston in Cambridge. Information is included below: 

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston - Cambridge 

Address: 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston MA 02134 
Rate: $309/night 
Availability: Night of Wednesday, June 1, through night of Friday, June 3, 2022 
Cut-off date: April 29, 2022 
Phone number: 617-783-0090 
Accessible rooms: To book an accessible room, please email Kathleen Casey directly at Kathleen. Casey@Hilton.com

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