Mooseletter – April 15, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy

My dearest Meese, from the looks across students’ faces, it’s clear that now is both a joyous time and a stressful time with projects, presentations, papers, and finals. Please reach out for help if you need it. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be pushed academically and intellectually to reflect on all the material that you’ve learned all semester, but sometimes you need help or even to just talk through things with an adult, and that’s ok too. Dunster House is also here for you no matter what else may be going on in other parts of the College. Lastly, I hope all of you were able to go out at least a little bit for the sunny parts of the weekend. (It’s thunderstorming now as I write this on Monday morning.) I hope King’s Landing survived the Game of Thrones premiere (I have no idea what I’m talking about). And to quote the wise words of our illustrious leaders, “The goat roast is dead. Long live the goat roast!” Wouldn’t it be great to have Beyoncé at Dunster – the true G.O.A.T.?! Have a blessed Holy Week, Passover, and Easter.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, April 16: 10-12 noon
Thursday, April 17: 3-5 pm
Friday, April 18: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at If these times don’t work with your schedule, please email Diana for alternate times. My office is at E303H.

Final Exam Schedule
The final Exam Schedule is available at the Registrar’s website:

Conflicts with exams on the Final Exam Schedule
You do not need to take action. The Registrar’s Office is aware of your conflict and will automatically resolve it by scheduling a separate time for you to take one of the exams within 24 hours of the original exam time (Out of Sequence Exam). You will be notified of the alternative time in mid-April, and no student action is needed to facilitate this process. Conflicts with exams that are not on the Final Exam Schedule: Please email immediately.

Submission of Similar Papers to More than One Course
If you would like to turn in the same or substantially the same paper to more than one course, you must get prior written permission from the instructors involved. Since each paper you turn in is expected to be written specifically for the assignment, failure to get written permission is deceptive, and students who do it are ordinarily required to withdraw from the College by the Administrative Board. Instructors do not always give permission, and they often expect a longer or somewhat different paper when they do give permission to do this. If you have any questions, please see me.
Interested in Taking Some Time Off? Please speak with me about this, as we must file this information with the Registrar’s Office.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from April 15 to 22 is Jennifer Hsiao. She can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Important Phone Numbers
HUPD: 617.495.1212
Response: 617.495.9600
UHS: 617.495.5711
UHS Mental Health Services: 617.495.2042
ECHO (eating concerns): 617.495.8200
Bureau of Study Counsel: 617.495.2581
Room 13: 617.495.4969

Commencement Information for Graduating Seniors
Non-Degree Students who plan to “Walk”
November 2018 and March 2019 degree candidates who would like to take part (WALK) in this May’s Commencement activities should contact Diana at as soon as possible.

Not Attending Commencement Ceremony?
If you do not plan to receive your diploma at the House Commencement in May, let Diana know early.

Walking with Another House?
Please let Diana know and she will make the arrangement for that to happen.

Term Bills
If you have any outstanding bills, you must settle them as soon as possible. Make sure all College bills are paid prior to Commencement day or you will receive a blank diploma at Commencement. The College is very strict about this.

For those students, whose families require invitation letters to accompany visas to attend the Harvard Commencement, please contact Michael and Diana.

Commencement Week Activities – Online Viewing
The Class Day Exercises, Morning Exercises, and Afternoon Program will be streamed online at

HUDS (Openings/Closings During Senior Week)
May 18 thru May 25
Dining halls that are open are:
Adams, Currier, and Quincy Houses

Important Dates
May 1, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

May 2, Thursday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged three quarters of tuition, and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged the full amount of those costs.

Last day in the spring term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

May 2, Thursday, through May 8, Wednesday

May 9, Thursday, through May 18, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 13, Monday
Deadline to submit a fall term Inter-House Transfer Application (Round 2).

Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for the fall term without financial penalty.

May 19, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 27, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day.

May 30, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 31, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

Mooseletter is also available on the Dunster House website:

Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
Harvard College
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138

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About hovsep

Hi everyone, my name is Diana Hovsepian and I am the academic coordinator in Dunster House. I have been working here since 2009: helping with your academic questions and issues, managing student records, organizing and helping with House events and Commencement. I also am here to aid you in coordinating your medical school application process and getting your recommendations in order, so please visit me if you have any questions. I also serve as a sophomore academic adviser in the House. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which include academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information from the Registrar’s office. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Resident Dean or just want to chat, please email me or stop by my office at E303A! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my husband, our children, and our Boston Terrier in Bedford, MA. I love traveling, reading, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any. Let’s have another great year in Dunster!