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Harvard College opening new Academic Resource Center

June 3, 2019

Harvard today announced creation of a new Academic Resource Center (ARC), which will launch in August and will provide a wide range of academic support services for students at Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The new center is aimed at helping students strengthen their academic skills, with offerings that include responsive resources, consultations, workshops, and targeted one-on-one coaching.

“The creation of the ARC was prompted by what we’ve been hearing as we meet with students and listen to their concerns,” said Amanda Claybaugh, dean of the Office of...

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Labor leader Huerta receives medal at Radcliffe Institute

Labor leader Huerta receives medal at Radcliffe Institute

May 31, 2019

¡Si, se puede! Yes, we can!

She is the woman responsible for the rallying cry that mobilized generations to fight for social justice since it was adopted as the United Farm Workers of America slogan in 1972. And she was in Cambridge on Friday, leading another appeal for solidarity and change.

“Who’s got the power?” 89-year-old activist Dolores Huerta asked a crowd gathered under a tent in Radcliffe Yard as Radcliffe Day came to an end. “We’ve got the power!” her audience shouted back. “What kind of power?” Huerta...

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At Harvard Commencement, Merkel tells grads: Break the walls that hem you in

At Harvard Commencement, Merkel tells grads: Break the walls that hem you in

May 30, 2019

As Harvard’s Class of 2019 gathered for the last time at Commencement Thursday afternoon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned the new graduates to take nothing for granted.

“Our individual liberties are not givens. Democracy is not something we can take for granted. Neither is peace, and neither is prosperity,” said Merkel, the main speaker. “But if we break down the walls that hem us in, if we step out into the open and have the courage to embrace new...

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Seven Harvard Overseers, six Alumni Association directors elected

May 30, 2019

Seven alumni have been elected as new members of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers and six as directors of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). The University announced the election results today at the HAA’s annual meeting following the University’s 368th Commencement.

The seven new Overseers are:

Alice Hm Chen, Berkeley, Calif.
M.P.H. ’01
Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director, San Francisco Health Network 

Janet Echelman, Brookline,...

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6,665 degrees and certificates awarded at Harvard’s 368th Commencement

May 30, 2019

Today the University awarded a total of 6,665 degrees and certificates. A breakdown of degrees and programs is listed below.

Harvard College granted a total of 1,554 degrees. Degrees from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were awarded by Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Design.

All figures include degrees awarded in November 2018 and March and May 2019.

Harvard College
1,554 degrees

  • 1,494 Bachelor of Arts
  • ...
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Harvard grad celebrates cultural achievements — including her own

May 29, 2019

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.

The constant in Simi Shah’s life has been her passion for her heritage.

She grew up in Duluth, Ga., a child of Indian immigrants. The family’s early struggle is one she holds dear, and she developed close ties with the South Asian community there — ties she would preserve when she went off to college.

Shah, who concentrated in economics with a minor in government,...

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How Xenophobia Affects Higher Education

May 29, 2019

Sarah Todd, vice president (global) at Griffith University, in Australia, and president of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education, talks about xenophobia and its effects on international higher education.

Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa ceremony honors 168 students

Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa ceremony honors 168 students

May 28, 2019

Giving their black caps and gowns a trial run, the graduating seniors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) were honored for their exceptional academic achievements Tuesday morning during the 229th Literary Exercises at Sanders Theatre before family, friends, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana, and President Larry Bacow.

One hundred and sixty-eight students chosen by Harvard faculty and senior staffers who are also Phi Beta Kappa members were inducted into Alpha Iota of Massachusetts at Harvard College, the School’s PBK chapter. In addition to a stellar grade point average and letters of...

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Those who have known Angela Merkel describe her rise to prominence

Those who have known Angela Merkel describe her rise to prominence

May 28, 2019

World War II was at a critical juncture when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill traveled to Harvard in September 1943 at the urging of his ally and friend President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1904, L.L.D. ’29. Taking a rare respite from the war, Churchill came to accept an honorary Doctor of Laws degree recognizing his international leadership that “turned back the tide of tyranny in freedom’s darkest hour.”

In 1947, as Europe’s vast devastation from that war had become clearer, U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall accepted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his success as the...

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