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Articles: School Year 2020-21

Close-up image of an "ice lantern" (a light set in an ice casing) in the snow on Radcliffe Quad

Cabot House members cheered up the wintry Quad with their hand-crafted ice lanterns. 

Photograph courtesy of Cabot House faculty dean Ian Miller and resident dean Meg Lockwood. 

School Year 2020-21

Undergraduate Houses experiment and innovate in attempts to revive the effervescence that once characterized their student communities. 


The rewilded planter in front of Harvard's Museum of Natural History

The rewilded planter in front of Harvard's Museum of Natural History

Photograph by Kristina DeMichele/Harvard Magazine

Bringing native plant species back to campus.


Law students at the Commencement exercises

Law graduates wield their gavels

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Harvard’s 371st Commencement, and a celebration for the classes of 2020-2021

July-August 2022

Photograph of boats at anchor on the approach to Boston’s Logan Airportn

The view on the approach to Boston’s Logan Airport
Photograph by Meena Venkataramanan

A 2021 graduate returns to campus for a belated Commencement that feels more like a reunion.


Harvard Business School hybrid classroom for in-person and remote learning

A hybrid classroom at Harvard Business School, created to enable in-person and remote instruction during the pandemic. The new task force report assesses innovations like this, and their application to residential, hybrid, and remote teaching and learning in Harvard’s future.

Photograph by Hensley Carrasco/Harvard Business School

The future of teaching and learning at Harvard—and beyond

May-June 2022

Merrick Garland

U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland returns to campus to address the graduates of the classes of 2020 and 2021.

Photograph in the public domain

The U.S. Attorney General returns to Harvard.


Portrait of Claudine Gay, dean of Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Claudine Gay

Photograph courtesy of Harvard Public Affairs and Communications

Better results than expected during the pandemic, and a sweeping effort to plan for academic improvements

January-February 2022

Photograph Commencement procession into Harvard Yard Tercentenary Theatre

At last, an opportunity for the coronavirus-affected classes to proceed into Tercentenary Theatre and partake of the festival rites

Photograph by Jennifer Beaumont/Harvard Magazine

The coronavirus short-circuited their Commencement. Harvard plans a do-over.


Photograph of University Hall, Faculty of Arts and Sciences headquarters

University Hall, home to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences leadership

Photograph by Niko Yaitanes/Harvard Magazine

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ annual report portrays a good foundation for its academic future.