Mooseletter – April 30, 2018


Dearest Dunster, I hope you are staying strong throughout reading period and as we enter our first exams on Thursday, I wish you continued perseverance and luck! Final exams are undoubtedly a trying time, but they shouldn’t be one of distress or hopelessness. If you are medically or mentally unwell, then please take care of yourself. Reach out. If you are sick and unable to take an exam, go to UHS (during normal hours, 9am-5pm — there’s no need to go in the middle of the night) and then send me a note. Reach out to me, house staff, and resident tutors. We have quiet hours for the rest of reading and exams period. Again, please triple check your exam schedule with times and locations, and remember our commitment to the Honor Code. *Strong Moose, Smart Moose*

Please remember that there can be no parties during reading and exam periods. Any infractions of the noise policy will be strictly addressed. For parties after exam period, seniors must complete a party form and follow the regular procedures that apply during the school year.


Tuesday, May 1: 10-12 noon
Thursday, May 3: 2-4 pm
Friday, May 4: 2-3 pm
Please email Diana at, if these times don’t work, or if you wish to schedule an appointment. My office is at E303H.

The tutor on-call from April 30-May 7, is Brian Claus. He resides in Dunster W-316 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.


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.

Senior Desk
All tickets for Commencement Week events and activities are obtained at Senior Desk, except where otherwise noted.

Opens: Weekdays, May 7 to 23, 11 am-3 pm
Where: Harvard Alumni Association, 124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th Floor
You will be able to pick up all of the tickets to which they are entitled and to purchase additional tickets with cash or credit card. Your HUID is required.

All seniors must complete the online senior exit survey, titled “Senior Survey,” before picking up your Commencement Week tickets. You will receive an email containing a URL to access the survey, which opens on May 4.

Each senior must pick up his or her own tickets in person. No tickets (allotted, free, or purchased) will be available onsite at Commencement Week events. To avoid long lines at Senior Desk, pick up your tickets early. Additional tickets to some events are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will run out!

Diploma Presentation and Luncheon
Thursday, May 24 at Noon
Between the Commencement Morning Exercises and Afternoon Program, in each House, there is a diploma presentation ceremony and luncheon. This is the ceremony where the graduate actually receives their diploma. Tickets are not required for the ceremony but are required for the luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon are complimentary for the graduating senior and two guests. Additional guest tickets can be purchased at Senior Desk in advance or during the lunch from the checker (cash only on the day of Commencement).

Academic Regalia Rental
Cap and gown rentals are available for pickup May 17 to 24 in the textbook department on the third floor of the Coop, located on Palmer Street, Monday to Saturday: 9 am-9 pm, Sunday: 10 am-7 pm. The Coop is open at 6:15 am on Commencement Day. Seniors are not required to reserve a cap and gown. The rental fee $41.84 and cash, check, charge, or Crimson Cash are accepted.

Photos during Diploma Receiving Ceremony
Arrangements have been made with Commencement Photos to photograph each student as the diplomas are presented. Your parents will receive information regarding placing an order. You are under no obligation to buy them, but they will be available for you for one year after Commencement. If your family plans to do its own photography, please advise them not to interfere with the professional photographers. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Commencement Photos at 978-851-5924.

Attire for Commencement Week Activities
Business casual attire is appropriate for all Commencement Week activities.

Events your Academic Regalia is required

Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Literary Exercises (for PBK seniors), Baccalaureate Procession and Service, and the Class of 2018 photograph on Tuesday, May 22, and for the Commencement Morning Exercises and the Diploma Presentation ceremonies on Thursday, May 24.

Special Arrangements for Individuals with Disabilities
Harvard University encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities, including Senior Week and Commencement Week. If you anticipate needing accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call (HAA) at 617-496-7001 or

Parking during Commencement Week
For the Senior Class Family Reception, complimentary parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage on a first-come, first-served basis. On Class Day and Commencement Day, complimentary parking is available at the Allston campus on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit:

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

May 3 – 12
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses

May 11, Friday
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 13, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 24, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 25, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 28, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication

You may view the Mooseletter 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

Welcome back to Dunster! I have been the administrative assistant to the Dean since 2009: managing student records, answering your academic questions, and coordinating Commencement and other House events. 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. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which includes academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information you will find useful. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Dean or just want to chat, please stop by! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my family and two Boston Terriers in Bedford, MA. I also love reading, traveling, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any! Let's have another great year in Dunster!