Orientation and DudleyFest for Incoming Students


Thursday, August 27, 2015
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 Mike 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 in Harvard Yard, 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!

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 wristband that will get you the afternoon's food and drink. Pick up the packet at Sanders Theatre. 


Orientation for New GSAS Students

9:30 a.m.
Sanders Theatre
Welcoming Speeches

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
Edlyn Levine, Dudley Fellow
Darcy Frear, Graduate Student Council President
Garth McCavana, Dean for Student Affairs

10:30 a.m.
Sanders Theatre
Becoming a New Professional in Your Field 
Staff from Title IX Office
Staff from Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response



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

(see map in your 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 card (Common Room, 2nd Floor, Dudley House)
  • 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
    Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
    1–2 p.m.and 2:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Thriving in Graduate School
    Getting to Know Harvard, Cambridge, and Beyond
    Offered by the Graduate Student Leaders
    Dudley House Fireside Room
    1–2 p.m. and 2:30–3:30 p.m.



Social Hour

Dudley Courtyard

3:30–5 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.