News and Notices



Comings and Goings

This spring, Harvard clubs offer varied social and intellectual events, including University-affiliated speakers (see a partial list below). For more information, contact clubs directly, call the HAA at 617-495-3070 or 800-654-6494, e-mail, or visit

On March 5, the Harvard Club of Houston hears Timothy Colton, Feldberg professor of government and Russian studies and director of the Russian Research Center, address “How to Deal with a Resurgent Russia.” Marshall Goldman, senior scholar in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, discusses his book Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia at the Harvard Club of Long Island (March 14), the Harvard Club of Phoenix (March 25), and the Harvard Club of Seattle (March 26).

“Bringing Geography Back to Harvard” is the brief of Carswell professor of East Asian languages and civilizations Peter Bol at the Harvard Club of Santa Barbara on March 21. On April 3, Robinson professor of music Robert Levin asks “Who Cares If Classical Music Dies?” at the Harvard Club of Sarasota, while Shattuck professor of government Paul Peterson reviews “The Perilous State of American Education” for the Harvard Club of Northeast Ohio on April 30.


Return to Harvard Day

On April 22, all College alumni and their spouses/partners and high-school-age offspring can visit the College, attend classes, and meet faculty members. The HAA sends brochures about the event to alumni living in the Northeast. If you do not receive a brochure and want to attend, contact the HAA by phone, at 617-495-2555, or e-mail


A Special Notice Regarding Commencement Exercises

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Morning Exercises

To accommodate the increasing number of those wishing to attend Harvard’s Commencement Exercises, the following guidelines are proposed to facilitate admission into Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement Morning:

• Degree candidates will receive a limited number of tickets to Commencement. Parents and guests of degree candidates must have tickets, which they will be required to show at the gates in order to enter Tercentenary Theatre. Seating capacity is limited; however, there is standing room on the Widener steps and at the rear and sides of the Theatre for viewing the exercises.

Note: A ticket allows admission into the Theatre, but does not guarantee a seat. The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited.

• Alumni/ae attending their major reunions (25th, 35th, 50th) will receive tickets at their reunions. Alumni/ae in classes beyond the 50th may obtain tickets from the Classes and Reunions Office, 124 Mount Auburn Street, sixth floor, Cambridge.

• For alumni/ae from non-major reunion years and their spouses, there is televised viewing of the Morning Exercises in the Science Center and at designated locations in most of the undergraduate Houses and professional schools. These locations provide ample seating, and tickets are not required.

• A very limited supply of tickets will be made available to all other alumni/ae on a first-come, first-served basis through the Harvard Alumni Association, 124 Mount Auburn Street, sixth floor, Cambridge 02138.

Afternoon Exercises

The Harvard Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting convenes in Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement afternoon. All alumni and alumnae, faculty, students, parents, and guests are invited to attend and hear Harvard’s President and the Commencement Speaker deliver their addresses. Tickets for the afternoon ceremony will be available through the Harvard Alumni Association, 124 Mount Auburn Street, sixth floor, Cambridge 02138.

~ Jacqueline A. O’Neill, University Marshal

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