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, post-docs, staff, and their families living in Harvard University Housing properties.

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

2018 May 22 - 12:48pm
Congratulations to the Harvard Class of 2018!

Graduate Commons would like to wish all our 2018 graduates a wonderful commencement week with family and friends!  Please stay in touch by joing our LinkedIn alumni group.  Congratulations!

2018 Mar 24 - 1:59pm
GCP System is now available for use (2pm on 3/24/18)

The Graduate Commons Program room reservation and even registration system is now available for use.  If you experience any issues when logging in, please reset your password.  If problems persist, send an email to  Thank you for your cooperation in this effort to better serve you. 

2018 Mar 22 - 5:05pm
Graduate Commons System Outage on Saturday, 3/24/18

The Graduate Commons Program room reservation and event registration system will be down on Saturday, March 24th for a system-wide upgrade.  This will not affect your ability to attend any events scheduled over the weekend.  All residents will be notified once the system is operational again.  Thank you for your patience.

2018 Feb 1 - 9:44am
CA/RA Applications are now available!

GCP is now recruiting for our 2018-2019 Community Advisor staff. Positions include:

  • Community Advisor
  • Resident Advisor (Cronkhite only)
  • Sustainable Community Leader 
  • Family Programmer Community Advisor 

Applications are due on 2/21 and will be avaialbe in your weekly Friday newsletter. Information Sessions will be held in all GCP Areas during the week of February 5th.  Check our event calendars for more information, reach out to your Program Manager, or email with questions.

2018 Jan 17 - 3:24pm
Community and Resident Advisor Application Season is about to begin!

Are you interested in joining a dynamic staff and contributing to your community? Join our 2018-2019 Graduate Commons Program team!

GCP's goal is to bring Harvard affiliates together, across disciplines and cultures, to create the most meaningful Harvard experience for all residents within Harvard Housing.  With a dedicated staff of Community Advisors, we have welcomed 200+ programs to support our diverse community.  Applications will be available online and sent via email on 2/1 (due 2/21) for the following positions:

  • Community Advisor
  • Resident Advisor (Cronkhite only)
  • Sustainable Community Leader 
  • Family Programmer Community Advisor 

Information Sessions will be held in all GCP Areas during the week of February 5th.  Check our event calendars for more information, reach out to your Program Manager, or email with questions.  

2017 Nov 6 - 3:29pm
Holiday Room Reservations

Common Room Reservations for November and December are now available.  Please note, the Common Rooms will not be available after December 21st for Winter Break.  Reservation forms will re-open when GCP Offices re-open in January 2018.

2017 Aug 25 - 3:50pm
Fall Semester Meet the Scholar series has been set!

The Graduate Commons Meet the Scholar Lecture Series was established in 2008 as a way for residents to experience Harvard's world-renowned Faculty in an intimate setting.  Our diverse line-up features professors from across the University and is open to all HUH residents.  You will receive notification via our Friday newsletters when the RSVP links are available.  Sign-up early to grab your seat at this year's Fall series!

  • September 26th at 29 Garden Street: Professor William Kirby (HBS/FAS), Chairman of the Harvard China Fund, the University's academic venture fund for China, and Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai, Harvard's first University-wide center located outside the United States, will be presenting his talk on a recent publication titled, “CAN CHINA LEAD IN THE AGE OF DEGLOBIZATION?”  Hosted by Chris and Nancy Winship, Garden Area Faculty Directors.
  • November 13th at Peabdoy Terrace: Famed Harvard & MIT geneticist, Professor George M. Church, recently named one of Time Magazine's 100​ Influential people of 2017, will join us to discuss his groundbreaking work with DNA sequencing and synthesis.  Famous for his appearances on Comedy Centrals' The Colbert Report, Professor Church launched the Personal Genome Project in 2005 and is currently in the news for his proposal to reanimate the woolly mammoth!  Hosted by Jim and Doreen Hogle, Peabody Terrace Faculty Directors


2017 Aug 9 - 2:42pm
Let the Countdown Begin...

Welcome Events are up!  Graduate Commons is excited to welcome you to the 2017-18 academic year with events scheduled to begin within the next few weeks. Visit your Area's Event Calendar to learn more about our offerings and how you can get involved.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 

2017 Apr 21 - 2:01pm
GCP Presents Faculty Fellows Award

Each year, Graduate Commons recognizes Harvard Faculty Members who have contributed in a lasting way to the Graduate Commons Program and its residents. This year, GCP is delighted to recognize a couple who consistently give their time and energy to our Program and the residents they meet: Howell Jackson and Elizabeth (Betsy) Foote.  

They have joined GCP for many memorable events including: a lecture on school choice and charter schools in Massachusetts, a discussion on America’s general’s today, and our annual Head of the Charles Regatta Brunch. We love having them participate in our community and look forward to future opportunities.  Their names have been inscribed on the Graduate Commons Faculty Fellows Plaque that sits outside our Associate Directors office – "In recognition for their lasting contribution to the GCP Community".  Thank you and Congratulations!

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Howell Jackson and Betsy Foote with Faculty Directors Nancy and Chris Winship

2017 Mar 31 - 1:32pm

Graduate Commons has committed itself this semester to helping you L.E.A.D.  As we head into April, our last full month on campus, we hope you'll take these last few weeks to not only work hard, but play hard.  It's time to DO SOMETHING!

To date, we have shared opportunities to LEARN by inviting Professors from across the University to discuss President Trump's first 100 days, immigration and homeland security, as well as our upcoming talk on criminal justice in the U.S. with Ron Sullivan (HLS). 

We then found ways for you to EXPLORE all Harvard has to offer, including a talk by Mayor Walsh and upcoming events on gender in sports at Radcliffe and gun violence at HLS.  The International Office, HLS Law Clinics, and Counseling Office remain available to any one seeking more information or ASSISTance during these times.  

Now, we turn our attention to DOing.  Tag us this month as you #gcpdosomething in service of yourself, your community, or just when checking something off your Harvard bucket list. Check out our EVENT CALENDARS on the left to learn more!


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