GSAS Orientation Day

Orientation and DudleyFest for Incoming Students


Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall
and Dudley House


Download the Orientation program, the seating chart for lunch with your department, the schedule for DudleyFest, and a map of the day's locations

Welcome to GSAS! We've planned a day of events to kick off your Harvard experience by connecting you with important services, resources, and people. Incoming students should plan to attend Orientation, where President Drew Faust and Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Mike Smith will join GSAS Dean Xiao-Li Meng to greet you.

Following the ceremony, incoming students are invited to lunch in Harvard Yard, and later to an afternoon of fun, food, and drink at Dudley House, including our first annual, alumni-sponsored social hour! Returning GSAS students, you're also invited!

On Orientation morning, you'll receive a packet containing a new edition of the GSAS Bulletin (PDF), with stories aimed exclusively at incoming students and a listing of the events of the day. The packet will contain a variety of other information to help you acclimate to Harvard and GSAS — as well as a bracelet that will get you the afternoon's food and drink. Pick it up the packet at Sanders Theatre. 


Orientation for New GSAS Students

10:30 a.m.
Sanders Theatre
Welcoming Speeches

Margot Gill, Administrative Dean (moderator)


Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University


Michael Smith, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Xiao-Li Meng, Dean


James Hogle, Master of Dudley House


Chris Brown, Dudley Fellow


Summer Shafer, Graduate Student Council president


Garth McCavana, Dean for Student Affairs



11:30 a.m.
Under tent on the Science Center Plaza

(see map in Orientation edition of the GSAS Bulletin, in the Orientation folder)



12:30-3:30 p.m.
Dudley House and
Boylston Hall

New and returning students, welcome! Come celebrate the beginning of a new year at Harvard — and learn more about the resources of the Graduate School.

  • Pick up your stipend check (Dudley House, Graduate Student Lounge)
  • Pick up your ID cards and photos (Boylston Hall)
  • Connect with student organizations, meet the Dudley House fellows and sign up for tickets to upcoming events on and off the Harvard campus (Red Sox, anyone?)!
  • Enter a raffle to win prizes from great local restaurants and merchants!

... and attend a useful workshop on the topics below!

  • Harvard Libraries
    Common Room, 2nd Floor, Dudley House
    1–2 p.m., 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Student Survival Guide:
    Getting to Know Harvard, Cambridge, and Beyond
    Offered by the Graduate Student Leaders
    Fireside Room, 1st Floor, Dudley House
    1-2 p.m., 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Staying Fit and Healthy at Harvard
    Offered by the Dudley Athletic Fellows
    Game Room, 3rd floor, Dudley House
    1-2 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.