Mooseletter – March 19, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Dearest Meese, My oh my, how the time flies! I hope your Spring Break was restful and rejuvenating. It’s only been a week but with the days getting longer and the sun staying out past 6pm, it’s almost as if we’re on the cusp of Spring, and then Summer. Congratulations to the newest Meese of Dunster — we can’t wait to meet you. And I’ll admit my heart swelled up with pride when I saw Dunster claim the steps of UHall that snowy Housing Day morning #TidePods. Congratulations to the seniors who have submitted their theses (as well as good luck to the seniors still working hard on their theses!). We’re almost to the end of the semester so keep your heads up and come by to see me if you have any questions or concerns. I know midterms continue as well as assignments and projects. *Strong Moose*
Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in May 2019 or November 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2018, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by Monday, March 26th.

Monday, March 26h is also the last day upon which May 2018 and November 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

The Final Degree applications for May 2018 degree candidates are due by Monday, March 26. You may log in and apply. Additional instructions are available at:

Juniors and Sophomores
Thinking about taking next term off? Stop by to talk with me if you are.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, March 20: 10-12 noon
Thursday, March 22: 2-4 pm
Friday, March 23: 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.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on call from March 19 to 26, is Nihar Shah. He resides in Dunster E206, and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.
Quote of the Week
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth. ~Albert Einstein

Spring Faculty-Student Dinner
(Registration Required)
Wednesday, March 28th
Courtyard Lounge Reception 5:30-6:00 pm
Dinner in Dining Hall 6:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 19th at midnight

Summer Housing Applications for DeWolfe
Applications being accepted beginning on Monday, March 19th
The summer license period for DeWolfe is Monday, June 4 – Friday, August 3, 2018. For detailed information on rental rates, payments, eligibility guidelines, suite information, and more, please visit For information on how to apply, please visit If you know at this time that you will need on-campus summer housing, please submit an application for DeWolfe as early as possible, because these spaces often fill up quickly. If you have any questions, please email

Class of 2018 Commencement Information
May 2018 Degree Application
the May 2018 degree application is now open/ The deadline to apply is March 26th. Please visit:

Commencement morning for graduating Seniors begins with breakfast in the House at 6:00 AM. Shortly thereafter, Sean, Cheryl, and Michael will lead the graduating seniors to the Chapel service in Memorial Church at 8:00 AM. Immediately following, the graduating seniors will line up in the Old Yard to join in the academic procession into Tercentenary Theatre for the Morning Exercises.

Commencement is comprised of three components: the ceremonial Morning Exercises (9:45 am), during which University degrees are conferred; the mid-day luncheons and diploma-awarding (Noon) ceremonies, and the afternoon Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (2:30 pm), during which Harvard’s president and the featured Commencement speaker deliver their addresses.
The Morning Exercises, which convene in the outdoor Tercentenary Theatre, is a ticketed event, and those without a ticket will not be admitted. A ticket allows admission into the Theatre, but does not guarantee a seat. Seats are on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved. The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited. All Graduating Seniors will receive a total of four (4) tickets to the Morning Exercises for their parents and guests. Tickets and other Commencement materials will be distributed to the graduating seniors in mid-May. There will be a Diploma Awarding Ceremony for Dunster House seniors starting at noon in the Dunster courtyard. You may invite as many guests to the Dunster event as you wish. The ceremony will be followed by a buffet lunch. You will each receive 3 complimentary lunch tickets, one for yourself, and 2 for your guests. Additional tickets may be purchased at the Senior Desk or at the checker’s counter here in Dunster.

Senior Desk
Senior Desk will open in early May. Graduating seniors are invited to go to Senior Desk located at 124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th Floor in Cambridge, to pick up all of the tickets to which they are entitled and to purchase additional tickets. This is the only way for students to pick up tickets. When you arrive at the Senior Desk, you can purchase additional tickets with cash or credit card.

Prizes and Awards
In the House Commencement Program, we publish prizes and any Graduate fellowships you may have received at Harvard. To get recognition for your hard work throughout your academic travails, please email Diana at about any awards or prizes you’ve received. We can’t guarantee that all prizes will be included, but we will do our best.

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

Announcements from UHS
Graduating in May?
Your graduation date will determine when your HUSHP coverage ends. It may take several weeks to complete the enrollment process for new coverage, so begin your search early.
May graduates: Your HUSHP coverage ends on July 31.
November graduates: Your HUSHP coverage ends depending upon the day you complete your degree requirements.
March graduates: Your HUSHP coverage ends on January 31. It is not possible to extend your Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) coverage after graduation.

Important Dates
March 26, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2018 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2018 and November 2018 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2018 and November 2018 degree candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in May 2019 or November 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2018, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

Last day upon which May 2018 and November 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.
March 26, Monday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one half of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged three quarters of those costs.

April 1, Sunday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the summer are due at the Office of International Education.

April 11, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2020.

April 25, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

April 26, 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.

April 26, Thursday, through May 2, Wednesday
May 3, Thursday, through May 12, Saturday
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

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!