Mooseletter – March 25, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Dunster, I hope you had a restful and restorative Spring Break, whether you were near or far. Congratulations again to our newest meese! We can’t wait to meet you and we promise, contrary to the (in my opinion, clever) Mather poster that Dunster cites Wikipedia, we take pride in our work and community here! I’m also very excited for the new Dunster phone pocket holders that Eddy Kim designed. Wait for HoCo’s news on how to get one. It sounds like we are at the beginning of a new IM season, so let’s finish out the year strong! You never know what might happen – don’t underestimate the moose! I think we will have a dominating presence on the river… 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, projects, and some theses. Wash your hands, eat well, get some sun, exercise, drink water, and sleep! *Strong Moose*
Juniors and Sophomores

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

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, March 26: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, March 27: 3-5 pm
Friday, March 29: 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 25 to April 1, is Khin Aung. In the event of an emergency, she can be reached at 617-851-8419.

May 2019 Degree Application is Open
The May 2019 degree application is now open. Please log into my.harvard and click the “Apply to Graduate” button on your “My Program” tab. Please be sure to make any necessary changes to your concentration or secondary field before applying to graduate, because you can no longer make these changes once you’ve applied.

The deadline for to apply to graduate, add a foreign language citation, or make changes to a secondary field or concentration, is Monday, April 1.

Advanced Standing-Eligible
Students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in May 2020 or November 2020, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2019, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by Monday, April 1, 2019.

Class of 2019 Commencement Information
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.

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 which starts 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.

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.

Prizes and Awards
In the House Commencement Program, we publish the prizes or Graduate fellowships you may have won/received at Harvard. To get recognition for your hard work throughout your academic travails, please email Diana at a list of the prizes/awards you have received. We will try our best to include all your prizes if space allows.

Non-Degree Students who plan to “Walk”
November 2019 and March 2020 degree candidates who wish 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 necessary arrangements.

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.

Senior Desk
Where: Harvard Alumni Association, 124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th Floor
When: Weekdays, May 13–29, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
HUID required
Senior Week
All tickets for Senior Week events and activities are obtained through the Harvard Box Office, except otherwise noted.

Harvard Box Office:
Where: Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue
When: Tuesday through Sunday, noon–6 pm.
Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, May 8.
HUID required.

Harvard Box Office Ticket Senior Week Events:
• Moonlight Cruise—$37
• An Evening at the Harvard Museum of Natural History—Free
• Last Chance Dance (21+)—$38
• Senior Soirée—$40

Buy Your Tickets Online at
Tickets purchased online incur a one-time transaction fee of $6.00 for paid events and $3.00 for free events.

Non-Harvard Box Office Ticket Senior Week Events:
• Senior Outdoor Reflection Trip—$70 (
• Senior Talent Show—Free (Sanders Theatre BO day of performance beginning at 7:00 pm).

All Senior Week tickets with paid admission are SEF-eligible. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will sell out.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do I get My Commencement Week Tickets?
Tickets for Commencement Week (except where otherwise noted) can be picked up at Senior Desk, located at the Harvard Alumni Association (124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th Floor), weekdays from 11:00 am–3:00 pm, during the 2.5 weeks leading up to Commencement Day. HUID required.

You must complete the online senior exit survey, titled “Senior Survey,” before you pick up your Commencement Week tickets. Graduating seniors will receive an email containing a URL to access the survey, which opens in early May. The survey may take up to 24 hours to process, so please wait until the next business day before picking up your tickets.

Each senior must pick up their own tickets in person. No tickets (allotted, free, or purchased) will be available onsite at Commencement Week events. Please make an effort to pick up your tickets early; you can expect a considerable wait during the last days of Senior Desk. Additional tickets for some events are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will run out. Please bring your HUID, as only you can pick up your Commencement Week tickets—no exceptions.

What Is the Attire for Commencement Week Activities?
Business casual attire is appropriate for all Commencement Week activities.

At Which Events is Regalia 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 2019 photograph on Tuesday, May 22, and for the Commencement Morning Exercises and the Diploma Presentation ceremonies on Thursday, May 24.

Where do Graduating Seniors get their Academic Regalia?
Cap and gown rentals are available for pickup starting in mid-May leading up to Commencement, in the textbook department on the third floor of the Coop, located on Palmer Street, during normal store hours (Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am 9:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am–7:00 pm). No reservations or pre-orders are required ahead of time. The Coop is also open early on Commencement Day for regalia pickup (beginning at 6:15 am on Thursday, May 24).

Will Commencement Week Activities be Available for Online Viewing?
The Class Day Exercises, Morning Exercises, and Afternoon Program will be streamed online at

Is Parking Available 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 the Harvard Transportation & Parking office at

Announcements from HUHS
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
April 1, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2019 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2019 and November 2019 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2019 and November 2019 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 2020 or November 2020, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2019, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

April 1, 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. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

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

April 10, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2021.

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 posted 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!