Graduate Commons Program

Graduate Commons Program

Welcome to Graduate Commons! This unique interdisciplinary program provides a “home away from home” for the Harvard graduate students, faculty, staff, and their families living in Harvard University Housing properties. Learn more by viewing our video.

We are committed to making your Harvard experience a truly remarkable one, both in and outside the classroom by hosting events that spark your intellectual curiosity, challenge your physical being, and make a difference to your community. Programming includes wine and coffee nights, meet the scholar events, yoga classes, game nights, networking happy hours, Boston traditions like the Boston Pops! Holiday concert and much, much more!

    Announcements and Events

    2016 Aug 10 - 11:07am
    GCP Prepares for Year Nine

    The Graduate Commons team is busy preparing for kick-off events celebrating their 9th year of programming within Harvard Housing and the addition of the Trilogy, One Western Avenue and Soldiers Field Park properties.  Check the event calendars for more information on WELCOME WEEKEND, scheduled for August 26-28th! Take a look at our YEAR IN REVIEW video to see what GCP is all about!

    2016 May 18 - 1:11pm
    GCP Celebrates Inaugural Faculty Directors

    After eight years of service and mentorship, the Faculty Directors of the Riverside Graduate Commons programs at Akron and Cowperthwaite facilities will be transitioning out of their leadership roles at the end of the semester.


    Professors Davíd Carrasco and María Luisa Parra (10 Akron Street) along with Professor Jennifer Lerner and Dr. Brian Gill (5 Cowperthwaite Street) will bid farewell to GCP at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 academic year. The two couples have been instrumental in the development and growth of Graduate Commons from a 2-building pilot program introduced in 2008, to its current reach across 3,000 Harvard University Housing units. Having interacted with countless graduate students and their families over the years, the Faculty Directors depart with many friendships and fond memories of their time with GCP. Celebrations to honor the four took place at the beginning of May.

    Learn about the incoming Faculty Directors.

    2016 Feb 29 - 2:44pm
    Graduate Commons is Expanding to all HUH Properties

    As of August 2016 the Graduate Commons Program will be available in all HUH properties, including Harvard @ Trilogy, Soldiers Field Park, and One Western Avenue.

    2016 Feb 1 - 3:54pm
    Interested in building community where you live? Join our staff for the 2016-2017 academic year!

    Community Advisors are Graduate Commons residents who want to make their community a vibrant and engaging place to live. GCP Advisors plan a number of events throughout the academic year- everything from rock climbing, to wine tastings, to networking workshops, and much more! Staff selection and recruitment will begin in February for Peabody Terrace, Riverside, and Garden. We're also looking for Sustainable CA (NEW this year) and Family Programmer to support our littlest residents.  Applicants must be a current resident of Graduate Commons Properties and in good standing with Harvard Housing to apply. For more information email or attend one of our scheduled info sessions.

    2015 Nov 12 - 9:35am
    Cultural Celebrations @ GCP

    Graduate Commons kicked off its Cultural Celebrations program with Faculty Director David Carrasco and Maria Luisa Parra's annual Dia de los Muertos event last week.  This weekend, we kick off the "resident-led" portion with a Diwali celebration.

    Diwali is a holiday celebrated in different ways by several South Asian religions, but generally, it is known as the Festival of Lights - light over darkness, good over evil. Families and friends usually wear their finest and their brightest and get together for parties with great food, music, and firecrackers. Come celebrate, life, loved ones, and learn about this amazing festival with residents.


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