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First Day of Classes
Student Life

Harvard Will Not Hold In-Person Shopping Week for Third Semester in a Row This Fall

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences will hold virtual course previews in lieu of an in-person shopping week — a period at the start of the term when students can test out classes before officially enrolling — for the third semester in a row this fall.

Ruth J. Simmons Commencement Address
House Life

Bacow Confers 1,292 College Degrees in Harvard’s Second Virtual Graduation; Speaker Ruth Simmons Urges Grads to ‘Be a Force for Inclusion’

Harvard awarded 2,440 degrees across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at its second consecutive virtual Commencement ceremony Thursday, including 1,292 degrees to the College’s Class of 2021.

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College

Anticipating Fall Return to Campus, Students Reflect on the Impact of Off-Campus Living During Covid-19

Though during any typical year students would not hesitate to accept their spot in their House, this year students must weigh the benefits of residential House life — a hallmark of the Harvard College experience — with newfound joys they experienced living outside the Harvard bubble.

Off Campus Parties 2021
House Life

Some Harvard Students Partied the Pandemic Away. Their Peers Aren’t Forgetting.

Some students, determined to end a fraught school year on a note of normalcy, defied Harvard’s Covid-19 rules this past semester in the name of fun — and to the chagrin of some of their classmates.

Jeremy Lin Class Day
College

Jeremy Lin ’10 Remarks on Meaning of Success at College Class of 2021’s Virtual Class Day

Professional basketball player Jeremy Lin ’10 encouraged the graduating Class of 2021 to seek community and embrace their identities in the pursuit of success during Harvard College’s virtual Class Day Wednesday.

Harvard College Admissions Visitor Center Lawn
College

‘The Most Diverse Class in the History of Harvard’: Meet Five Students from the Class of 2025

The Class of 2025 admitted 1,968 students out of a record-high 57,435 applicants, marking the lowest admissions rate and the most diverse class in the College's history. Here are 5 students from the historic Class of 2025.

Grays Hall
College

BGLTQ Students Celebrated in Lavender Graduation Ceremonies

Harvard College’s Office of BGLTQ Student Life hosted its annual Lavender Graduation — a ceremony to honor the achievements of BGLTQ students — for more than 40 graduating seniors Sunday evening

Yard May 2021
Student Groups

Palestine Student Groups, Faculty Denounce Israeli Government’s Use of Force Against Palestinians

Eighty-nine Harvard student groups and nearly 900 students signed a statement condemning Israel’s use of force against Palestinians and calling on the University to “end its complicity with Israeli apartheid policies” by publicly rebuking Israel’s “excessive use of force against civilians” and removing the endowment’s investments in companies supporting the “Israeli settlement enterprise.”

HUHS Door
College

Harvard Health Services Director Optimistic For 'Very Successful' Fall Return to Campus

Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen said in a Thursday interview the University waited until doses were readily accessible across the country before joining other Boston-area colleges in mandating Covid-19 vaccinations for students before returning to campus in the fall.

Covid Empty Campus Yard
College

Harvard Chaplains Reflect On A Year of Religious Life in the Pandemic

Before the pandemic struck, Harvard’s religious groups would physically gather to worship, study scripture, perform service work, and enjoy food in each other’s company.

Athletics Complex
College

Ivy League to Resume Athletics Competition in Fall, Presidents Announce

After more than a year without Ivy League athletics due to the coronavirus pandemic, the league is expected to resume a full competition schedule in fall 2021, the Ivy League Council of Presidents announced in a joint statement Tuesday.

Dean O'Dair Interview
Student Life

DSO Reflects on Covid-Impacted Year, Anti-Racism Goals

As the school year nears a close, administrators in the Dean of Students Office reflected on students' experiences during the past academic year amid the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with The Crimson on Tuesday.

College

Jeremy Lin ’10 Named 2021 College Class Day Speaker

Professional basketball player Jeremy Lin ’10 will address the College’s Class of 2021 at this year’s virtual Class Day on May 26, the University announced Monday.

Institute of Politics
Student Groups

Institute of Politics Hosts Day of Civic Action

The Institute of Politics, in partnership with Harvard College, hosted a “Day of Civic Action” Thursday, with the goal of encouraging civic participation among students.

Johnston Gate
College

What Does Harvard’s Record-Low Admissions Rate Mean For the College — And For Higher Education?

A record-low admissions rate of 3.43 percent — the lowest in the College’s history — has raised questions among professors and educational consultants about the quality and accessibility of an education at Harvard and other increasingly selective institutions.

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