IMPORTANT COVID-19 guidance for Graduation

* PLEASE READ IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND GRADUATION EVENTS*

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community:

With our upcoming Graduation celebrations for the classes of 2022 and 2020/2021 next week, we want to remind everyone that cases are on the rise locally, as are hospitalizations. With people traveling from all over the world to Boston, we want to do everything possible to maintain a safe campus. Therefore, it is important that we continue to practice safe and healthy behaviors to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please review the important information below:

Testing

We strongly encourage everyone—students, faculty, guests— to take a rapid test the morning of their ceremony. Rapid tests can be found at local pharmacies; current students can obtain them at no cost (see information on Harvard’s Student Health Program site). Faculty and staff attending the ceremonies may also be able to obtain them at no cost; check with your insurance provider.

The School will have a limited supply of rapid antigen tests available for graduating students beginning Monday, May 23 in the Kresge and FXB lobbies. You may pick up one box (two tests) for yourself and your guests.

We ask that current students continue to take advantage of the Color PCR tests available on campus. Please take your test 24-48 hours in advance so that you leave enough time to learn your results prior to your ceremony.

Masking

Masks are strongly encouraged during Graduation activities, particularly indoors and in crowded settings, and are required on shuttles. Please keep one handy at all times. Surgical-style and KN-95 masks are available on campus and will be available at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Exhibiting symptoms?

If you/your guests are exhibiting symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been instructed to quarantine or isolate, please do not come to campus or attend the ceremonies.

Please review University Commencement COVID-19 policy for more information on keeping Harvard healthy during Commencement. Students should also review Harvard Chan’s Information for Guests, which includes COVID-19 guidance.

Thank you for helping to keep our community healthy. We look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion with our graduates next week.

Sincerely,

Katie and Jane

Katherine A. Hope
Executive Dean for Administration

Jane J. Kim
Dean for Academic Affairs
K.T. Li Professor of Health Economics