January 29, 2016

Reunion Schedule

Thursday, May 26

9:45 am
Commencement Exercises in Harvard Yard for classmates
Tercentenary Theatre

11:30 am–1:45 pm
Alumni Spread Luncheon
Old Yard
Pre-registration required

2:30–4:00 pm
Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association: The Afternoon Program
Tercentenary Theatre
The Afternoon Program will include welcoming remarks and acknowledgments by the president of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA); an announcement of Overseer and HAA Board elections; the presentation of the Harvard Medals; remarks by Harvard University President and Lincoln Professor of History Drew Gilpin Faust; and an address by the Commencement speaker.

7:00 pm
Informal Gathering with the Class of 2006
Cambridge Queen’s Head
Join members of the Classes of 2011 and 2006 for light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, with one free drink ticket per person.


Friday, May 27

10:30 am–12 pm
Radcliffe Day Panel: Building an Economy for Prosperity and Equality
Radcliffe Yard Tent
Enter the lottery for tickets.
Moderated by Cecilia Rouse ’86, PhD ’92, dean, Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education, and professor of economics and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Panelists include:

  • David Autor AM ’94, PhD ’99, professor, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Douglas W. Elmendorf AM ’85, PhD ’89, dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Claudia Goldin RI ’06, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University; director, Development of the American Economy Program, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Louise Sheiner ’82, AM ’89, PhD ’93, senior fellow in economic studies and policy director for the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, the Brookings Institution

10:30–11:30 am
A Conversation with President Faust
Sanders Theater
Join fellow reunion alumni for a discussion with Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History, in an informative session about priorities, initiatives, and the current state of the University.

Noon–1:30 pm
Lunch in Annenberg
Annenberg Hall
Flash back to HUDS’ finest and lingering lunches with friends during your only chance to dine in Annenberg at reunion.

12:30 pm–2:00 pm
Radcliffe Luncheon
Radcliffe Yard Tent
Enter the lottery for tickets.
The Radcliffe Institute will honor Janet L. Yellen, chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, with the Radcliffe Medal, presented annually to an individual who has had a transformative impact on society.

The Radcliffe Day lunch in Radcliffe Yard will feature personal reflections from Ben S. Bernanke ’75, a distinguished fellow in residence in the economic studies program at the Brookings Institution and the former chair of the Federal Reserve, after which Gregory Mankiw, the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University, will engage Yellen in conversation about her groundbreaking achievements.

3:00–4:15 pm
Harvard Today: A Faculty Forum
Sanders Theater
Join all reunion classes for a series of TED-style talks from prominent Harvard faculty members and alumni. These leading scholars will explore current, on-campus advances in teaching and learning. Moderated by Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and John H. Finley, Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

4:30–5:30 pm
Real Talk
Lowell Lecture Hall
An open forum for classmates to share reflections on discoveries made, lessons learned, love won (or lost), and failure weathered in the last five years. Moderated by reunion co-chairs Prathama Nabi and Amelia Muller, classmates may volunteer live to give 2-minute talks, to be followed by mixing and mingling with classmates. Whether you wish to speak or not, we encourage you to join us for an open dialogue about what we’ve learned since graduation.

7:00 pm–1:00 am
5th Reunion Kickoff Party
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
Welcome back the college days with #FlashbackFriday, the first big event of reunion weekend. An open bar and light dinner featuring d-hall favorites like popcorn chicken and ranger cookies will keep us moving to the hits of 2011.


Saturday, May 28

10:00 am
Run Along the Charles
Malkin Athletic Center Steps
Shake off the night before with a 5K run along the Charles River at a conversational pace. All runners welcome, from novices to marathoners. Meet on the Lowell House-side steps of the Malkin Athletic Center.

Noon–2:30 pm
5th Reunion Field Day Barbeque
Malkin Athletic Center Quad
Soak up the sun and a plate of Smokey’s barbecue, with a side of field games. Vegetarian options available.

3:00–5:00 pm
Affinity Group Mini-Reunions
Various locations, see SIG and Mini Reunion schedules during reunion for event details.

7:00 pm–1:00 am
Saturday Evening Soiree
Science Center Tent on the Plaza
Join your classmates for a night under the stars. Dance the night away to a live band, and cool off with a drink from the open bar. Heavy appetizers and dessert provided.


Sunday, May 29

10:30–11:00 am
Class of 2011 Memorial Service
Leverett House Junior Common Room
Honor members of the Class of 2011 who have passed away in an informal service of memory and celebration.

11:00 am–1:00 pm
5th Reunion Farewell Brunch
Leverett House Dining Hall and Courtyard
Toast the close of reunion with brunch and bubbly, featuring “Veritaffles,” hangover chicken, and a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.