Commencement 2021

As the Class of 2021 (virtually) departs Harvard's campus, this special issue looks back on a historic school year and graduating class.

New Harvard Graduates No Longer Eligible For Alumni Email Addresses As University Explores Alternative Services

The Harvard Alumni Association discontinued the ability to create new @alumni.harvard.edu email forwarding accounts last month, leaving this year’s graduates unable to obtain the email handle which many say is important to job searches and networking.

800 Harvard Affiliates Sign Letter Rebuking ‘Anti-Israel Sentiment’ on Campus

More than 800 University affiliates signed a Harvard Israel Initiative letter supporting “the right of the Jewish people to self-determination” and Israel’s “right to self-defense” against rocket attacks by the Islamic militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.




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Under Review Trailer

Introducing Under Review, a podcast from Fifteen Minutes investigating the “Harvard diversity review.” How can Harvard, an institution with so much history, have so little memory?

Podcast: Under Review

How can an institution with so much history have so little memory?

Falter

For our final issue, we have selected the theme “falter” — and everything the term carries with it: To start and hesitate. To fall short. To recover; to reimagine.




Senior Perspective: Matt Thomas

It’s a strange thing to have the last 75 games of your collegiate career cancelled. In fact, during my four years, I only played in one-third as many. The Harvard Baseball Team has been such a core part of my identity in college, so I struggled to find direction and purpose when it was taken away. What did it mean to be a Harvard baseball player if we didn’t play any games?



‘Butter’ Review: BTS’ Heart-Melting Summer Love Story

BTS' latest single churns retro energy into a deliciously danceable recipe for success.

Feature: Jennifer 8. Lee ‘98-99 and Graham A. Sack '03 Receive Sloan Sundance Grant

The Harvard Observatory became one of the few places that hired women as researchers, who began making incredible scientific advances. This historical saga forms the basis of Lee’s and Sack’s project.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Finale Review: The Perfect End to a Rocky Season

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” followed the blueprint of its Marvel movie predecessors. Adaptations of the trademark Marvel structure work for a reason, beloved by fans who keep coming back.

‘Ziwe’ Premiere Review: Give Ziwe All The Talk Shows

For those who don’t usually watch talk shows, “Ziwe” will not only be a worthwhile watch, but one that flies by, making for great binge-watching when the episodes are all out.


Senior Perspective: Matt Thomas

It’s a strange thing to have the last 75 games of your collegiate career cancelled. In fact, during my four years, I only played in one-third as many. The Harvard Baseball Team has been such a core part of my identity in college, so I struggled to find direction and purpose when it was taken away. What did it mean to be a Harvard baseball player if we didn’t play any games?

Margaret Purce ’17: Prolific Goal Setter, Scorer, and Achiever

“I joked with her after she was in the White House, 'Hey, 30 years' time, Midge, get yourself ready because you may be back there. With Midge Purce, you legitimately may have gone to school with the next president."

Student-Athletes Deferred Enrollment at Markedly Higher Rates than College Students at Large in 2020-21, Crimson Analysis Finds

The aggregate finding of this study is that, out of the entire population of Crimson student-athletes, approximately 40 percent opted to take time off from classes during each of the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. This rate is roughly twice that of College undergraduates at large (student-athletes and non-athletes alike) who opted for time off from classes in 2020-2021.

Senior Perspective: Gabrielle Fernandopulle

As of June 1, it’s been 562 days since we last competed. But I’ve felt the strength and lessons of my team more so in the last 562 days off the field than I could have imagined. Harvard Women’s Rugby, more than anything else at Harvard, taught me how to learn, how to be a teammate, and how to be brave.


‘Butter’ Review: BTS’ Heart-Melting Summer Love Story

BTS' latest single churns retro energy into a deliciously danceable recipe for success.

Feature: Jennifer 8. Lee ‘98-99 and Graham A. Sack '03 Receive Sloan Sundance Grant

The Harvard Observatory became one of the few places that hired women as researchers, who began making incredible scientific advances. This historical saga forms the basis of Lee’s and Sack’s project.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Finale Review: The Perfect End to a Rocky Season

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” followed the blueprint of its Marvel movie predecessors. Adaptations of the trademark Marvel structure work for a reason, beloved by fans who keep coming back.

‘Ziwe’ Premiere Review: Give Ziwe All The Talk Shows

For those who don’t usually watch talk shows, “Ziwe” will not only be a worthwhile watch, but one that flies by, making for great binge-watching when the episodes are all out.


Senior Perspective: Matt Thomas

It’s a strange thing to have the last 75 games of your collegiate career cancelled. In fact, during my four years, I only played in one-third as many. The Harvard Baseball Team has been such a core part of my identity in college, so I struggled to find direction and purpose when it was taken away. What did it mean to be a Harvard baseball player if we didn’t play any games?

Margaret Purce ’17: Prolific Goal Setter, Scorer, and Achiever

“I joked with her after she was in the White House, 'Hey, 30 years' time, Midge, get yourself ready because you may be back there. With Midge Purce, you legitimately may have gone to school with the next president."

Student-Athletes Deferred Enrollment at Markedly Higher Rates than College Students at Large in 2020-21, Crimson Analysis Finds

The aggregate finding of this study is that, out of the entire population of Crimson student-athletes, approximately 40 percent opted to take time off from classes during each of the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. This rate is roughly twice that of College undergraduates at large (student-athletes and non-athletes alike) who opted for time off from classes in 2020-2021.

Senior Perspective: Gabrielle Fernandopulle

As of June 1, it’s been 562 days since we last competed. But I’ve felt the strength and lessons of my team more so in the last 562 days off the field than I could have imagined. Harvard Women’s Rugby, more than anything else at Harvard, taught me how to learn, how to be a teammate, and how to be brave.