From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Dunster, I hope you are staying strong throughout reading period! As we enter our first exams on Thursday, I wish you continued perseverance and luck! It was lovely to see so many of you at Dunster Formal – congratulations to HoCo on a wonderful, “sold-out” event! We look forward to celebrating our graduating class at senior dinner on Tuesday. 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 before the exam begins (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, Dearest Dunster, I hope you are staying strong throughout reading period! As we enter our first exams on Thursday, I wish you continued perseverance and luck! It was lovely to see so many of you at Dunster Formal – congratulations to HoCo on a wonderful, “sold-out” event! We look forward to celebrating our graduating class at senior dinner on Tuesday. 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 before the exam begins (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* Office hours are slightly different this week in line with Tutor Jennifer’s PhD defense and Tutor Jonny’s being honored with the Star Award for advising!
As another bonus for those who diligently read the Mooseletter, Diana will be baking her famous cheesecake for Dunsterites tomorrow (Tuesday). Come by the House Office E303 starting at 10am, May 7th, to take a break from studying and writing, eat some cheesecake, and talk with us! and remember our commitment to the Honor Code. *Strong Moose, Smart Moose* Office hours are slightly different this week in line with Tutor Jennifer’s PhD defense and Tutor Jonny’s being honored with the Star Award for advising!
Michael’s Office Hours
Monday, May 6: 3-5 pm
Tuesday, May 7: 10-12 noon
Friday, May 10: 2-4pm
Please feel free drop by for office hours between the times that are indicated above. If these times don’t work and you need alternate times, or to schedule an appointment, please email Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org. My office is at E303H.
The tutor on-call from May 6-13 is Andrew Chael. He can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.
Dunster Dining Hall Closed for Dinner on Tuesday
The Dunster Dining Hall will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, for the Senior Dinner. If you have a reservation for this event you should have received a confirmation email last week. For those not attending, we encourage you to enjoy a meal with your friends in other Houses that evening. A list of Inter-house dining restrictions can be found on the HUDS website. The closest House without dining restrictions is our neighbor Mather. Please note the following dining halls will also be closed for events on May 7th: Currier House, Eliot House, Lowell House
Important Phone Numbers
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
Information for Graduating Seniors
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.
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.
Each day of Senior Desk will be for a different House neighborhood per the schedule below. This is done to help with overcrowding and to improve the experience for the seniors. While these are the recommended days for Dunster students, if you have a conflict (an exam, or if you are a walker and currently working) you may go on a different day.
Senior Desk Calendar for Dunster House
Wednesday, May 15
Tuesday, May 21
Monday, May 27
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.
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 http://www.harvard.edu/live-stream.
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 transportation.harvard.edu/parking.
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.
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: http://dunster.harvard.edu/
Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138