Mooseletter – March 20, 2017

From the Office of the Interim Dean
Jennifer Hsiao

I hope you all had a nice and relaxing spring break!

Please remember that Final Degree applications for May 2017 degree candidates are due by Monday, March 27 You may log in and apply! Additional instructions are available at:

Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in May 2018 or November 2018, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2018, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by Monday, March 27.

Monday, March 27th is also the last day upon which May 2017 and November 2017 degree candidates may file a foreign language citation. The form must be received at the Registrar’s Office by 5 pm.

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

Jennifer’s Office Hours
Monday, 3/20: 10-noon, open
Tuesday, 3/21: 5-7 pm, by appointment
Wednesday, 3/22: 5:15-6:30 pm, by appointment

Please drop by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email If these times don’t work, email or

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from March 20 – March 27 is Rob Sinnott. He resides in DeWolfe 10-41, 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
April 5th (Registration Required)
If you are a current Dunster sophomore, junior, or senior, you’re eligible to register for the spring faculty-student dinner. As a reminder, the registration deadline is Monday, March 27, seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and only one person, the group leader, is responsible for submitting the registration after confirming with all group members and the professor. We hope to see many of you at this wonderful event! Register here.

Class Of 2017 Commencement Information
Commencement morning for graduating Seniors begins with breakfast in the House at 6:00 AM. Shortly thereafter, Roger, Ann, and Jennifer 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, during which University degrees are conferred; the mid-day luncheons and diploma-awarding ceremonies, and the afternoon Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, 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 and may purchase as many additional tickets as you wish at Senior Desk in advance or during the lunch from the checker.
Senior Desk
Senior Desk will open Monday, May 8, through Wednesday, May 24, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Seniors are invited to go to Senior Desk at the Harvard Alumni Association offices, 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 students arrive at Senior Desk, they 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 2017 and March 2018 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.

Guests with Disabilities
Please notify Diana if you have guests who may require accessibility accommodation in Dunster House.

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

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.

March 22, Wednesday
Rising Sophomore Dinner, 6:30 pm, Dining Hall
Dining hall will be closed – please dine with your friends in other Houses
Rising sophomores please remember to RSVP.

March 24, Friday
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. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

March 27, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2017 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2017 and November 2017 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2017 and November 2017 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 2018 or November 2018, 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 2017 and November 2017 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

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

April 12, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2019.

April 26, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

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

April 27, 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.

April 27, Thursday, through May 3, Wednesday

May 4, Thursday, through May 13, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 12, 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 14, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 25, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 26, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 29, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day.

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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!