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Remote Theses
Student Life

Seniors Celebrate Thesis Submissions with Minimal ‘Pomp and Circumstance’

For members of the Class of 2021, virtual thesis submission is the latest in a string of quintessential experiences at the College that have been blighted by Covid-19. Though the College invited seniors to live on campus in the spring, not all opted to do so, and large social gatherings remain prohibited.

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Student Jobs

Up in the Air: Class of 2021 Looks Ahead to a Rocky Job Market

This year’s senior class is graduating into a job market that looks radically different from what it did a year ago. In interviews, several members of the Class of 2021 described a range of experiences throughout this recruiting season: some reported it went smoothly, while others asserted the pandemic had created new bumps in the process. All reported a new sense of uncertainty.

Commencement
College

‘Doesn’t Cut It’: College Seniors React to Commencement Announcement

Harvard’s decision Friday to postpone its in-person Commencement Exercises in favor of a May virtual ceremony for the second year in a row was met with dismay but expectation from some seniors.

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College

Harvard Will Expand Spring Housing to Fill 3,100 Beds, Favoring Upperclassmen

Harvard will expand the number of undergraduates invited to live on campus next semester, including College seniors and juniors who enrolled this fall, as classes continue online.

College Commencement
College

Fourteen Senior Class Marshals Selected for Class of 2021

The marshals, who collectively comprise the Senior Class Committee, are tasked with organizing class-wide events up until Commencement in May. They also coordinate the Senior Gift fund and plan post-graduation reunion events.

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Commencement

Bacow Confers 1,542 College Degrees in Harvard’s First Virtual Graduation

In Harvard’s first online commencement ceremony, University President Lawrence S. Bacow conferred 1,542 bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees to the Class of 2020.

Senior Class Picture
On Campus

Senior Class Picture

With the expected cancellation of an in-person Class Day, seniors from the Class of 2020 organized on Widener Steps during the last week on campus to take the traditional senior class picture.

Senior Thesis Pictures
On Campus

Senior Thesis Pictures

As many seniors were completing their theses during the month of March, students rushed to take the classic thesis picture on Widener Steps amid the chaos of vacating campus due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Lowell Commencement
On Campus

Lowell Commencement

Lowell’s commencement ceremony in 2019. Traditionally on Commencement Day, seniors attend Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theater, followed by House-specific ceremonies to confer diplomas.

Class Day 2019
On Campus

Class Day 2019

Catherine L. Zhang ’19, the First Senior Class Marshal for the Class of 2019, spoke at Class Day to her entire undergraduate cohort.

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College

Eighty Harvard Undergraduates Awarded 2020 Hoopes Prize

Each year, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences awards Hoopes Prizes to honor College seniors by “recognizing, promoting, honoring, and rewarding excellence in the work of undergraduates and their capabilities and skills in any subject.”

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College

Conan O’Brien ’85 to Address Harvard Seniors as Part of Commencement Festivities

Comedian and television host Conan O’Brien ’85 will speak at the Class of 2020’s virtual Commencement celebration on May 28, Harvard wrote in an email to College seniors Tuesday afternoon.

Coronavirus OCS
Student Jobs

Coronavirus OCS

With lockdowns and economic downturn, the current COVID-19 pandemic has brought much uncertainty to the Class of '20, who must now plan and search for post-graduate employment.

Coronavirus OCS
College

As Coronavirus Tanks Economy, Job-Seeking Seniors Face Twin Crises

For seniors set to graduate, the coronavirus has rapidly changed where and how they expected to live, work, and build a career. In a matter of months, the global health crisis has flummoxed both members of the class of 2020 and the Harvard officials tasked with guiding them.

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College

Seniors Party, Lamenting the Loss of Their Final Weeks on Campus, as Harvard Tells Students to Move Out

Harvard College seniors spent time with friends in the dining halls and at outdoor parties in the balmy weather Tuesday as they processed the University’s decision to send students home amid concerns over coronavirus.

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