Orientation and DudleyFest for Incoming Students


Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall
and Dudley House

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 Michael Smith will join GSAS Dean Xiao-Li Meng to greet you.

Following the ceremony, incoming students are invited to lunch on the Science Center Plaza and later to an afternoon of fun, food, and drink at Dudley House, including an alumni-sponsored social hour! Returning GSAS students, you're also invited!

Orientation begins at Sanders Theatre, where you'll receive a packet containing an agenda for the day. The packet also includes a copy of the GSAS Bulletin and other important resources designed to help you acclimate to Harvard and GSAS—as well as a wristband that will allow you access to the afternoon social hour.


Orientation for New GSAS Students

9:30 a.m.
Sanders Theatre
Welcoming Speeches

Garth McCavana, Dean for Student Affairs (moderator)
Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University
Michael Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Xiao-Li Meng, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
James Hogle, Master of Dudley House
Eliza Gettel, Coordinating Dudley Fellow
Darcy Frear, President of the Graduate Student Council 

10:30 a.m.
Sanders Theatre
Becoming a New Professional in Your Field 

Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics
Seth Avakian, Program Officer for Title IX and Professional Conduct



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

(see map in your Orientation folder)



12:30p.m.3:00 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 GSAS resources.

  • Pick up your stipend check
  • Pick up your ID card
  • Connect with student organizations, meet the Dudley House fellows, and sign up for tickets to upcoming events on and off the Harvard campus
  • Enter a raffle to win prizes from great local restaurants and merchants!

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

  • Navigating the Harvard Libraries
    Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
    1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Thriving in Graduate School
    Getting to Know Harvard, Cambridge, and Beyond
    Roundtable discussion with graduate student leaders
    Dudley House Fireside Room
    1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.


Social Hour

Dudley Courtyard
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Graduate School Alumni Association


If you have any questions about Orientation please contact the Office of Student Services at 617-495-5005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.