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Reconnect with your classmates and the Kennedy School at Reunion May 19-21, 2023. 

1973 | 1978 | 1983 | 1988 | 1993 | 1998 | 2003 | 2008 | 2013 | 2018

 

We can't wait to welcome you back to campus in the spring! More details to come for the schedule. For other questions, please view the FAQ's below or contact us with any questions. 

Interested in volunteering for your class committee or sharing your feedback and ideas for programming? Fill out this brief survey.

Things to Know:
Make your 2023 Reunion gift to support HKS students

With your help, the Kennedy School can open its doors as widely as possible for the next generation of public leaders when they need it most—and when the world needs them most. Please consider honoring your time at HKS with a gift to the HKS Fund. One hundred percent of your contribution will be used to increase access and affordability for future HKS students. In appreciation for your support, we will recognize you along with your classmates in the Reunion honor roll and we will also send you an HKS lapel pin. Thank you for your consideration! 

[Tentative] Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, MAY 19

  • 12:00 PM:  Annual Meeting of the HKS Alumni Association and Presentation of the HKS Alumni Awards (JFK Jr. Forum; in-person + livestream
  • 1:00 PM: Registration (Acuña-Sunshine Lobby; in-person
  • 2:00 PM: Campus Tours + HKS Centers' Open House (in-person
  • 3:00 PM: Faculty Keynote | Ron Heifetz MC/MPA 1983, King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership (JFK Jr. Forum; in-person + livestream
  • 4:30 PM: Affinity Receptions (various locations; in-person
  • 5:30–8:30 PM: Alumni Welcome Reception and Celebration (JFK Park, in-person)

SATURDAY, MAY 20

  • 8:30 AM: Registration + Continental Breakfast (Acuña-Sunshine Lobby; in-person
  • 9:30 AM: State of the School Address, Doug Elmendorf, Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy (JFK Jr. Forum; in-person + livestream
  • 10:45 AM:  Faculty Panel | International Relations and Security (JFK Jr. Forum; in-person + livestream
    • Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government
    • Matthew Bunn, James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy
    • Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs
    • Additional Speakers TBA
  • 12:00 PM:  Class Lunches + Social Time (various locations on campus; virtual attendance option at discretion of each class)
  • 2:00 PM: Concurrent Alumni Panels (various locations on campus; in-person )
    • Climate Change
    • Social Innovation + Technology
    • State + Local Government
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • 4:00 PM: Faculty Panel | Sustaining Democracy (JFK Jr. Forum; in-person + livestream
    • Archon Fung, Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
      Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government
    • Tarek Masoud, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Governance
    • Pippa Norris, Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics
    • Deval Patrick, Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership
      Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership
  • 5:30–7:00 PM: Cocktail Reception (JFK Park, in-person)
  • 7:00 PM: Class Dinners (various locations off campus; in-person

SUNDAY, MAY 21

  • 10:00 AM: Celebration of Life (JFK Jr. Forum; in-person + livestream
  • 11:00 AM: All-Classes Brunch (JFK Park, in-person)
  • 12:30 PM: Closing Faculty Keynote: Arthur Brooks, William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership (JFK Jr. Forum; in-person + livestream)  
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
What is the status of Reunion?

After more than two years of virtual events, we are excited to be welcoming alumni back to campus for Reunion 2023. However, given travel restrictions and continuing public health concerns, we understand that all alumni may not be willing to attend in-person. Because of this, we are planning to host a hybrid Reunion with both virtual and in-person programming. 

HKS Visitor COVID protocols
  • Understand that the University strongly encourages all guests to be fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) and if unvaccinated to complete a COVID-19 test prior to arriving on campus.
  • Do not come to campus if you/your guests are exhibiting symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate.
  • Masks are currently optional on campus. Some indoor events may require or strongly encourage masks. If you feel the need to continue to wear a mask for your own protection, or to protect someone close to you, you should do so. 

All in-person attendees must also agree not to come to campus if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID, have been diagnosed recently (within 5 days) with COVID, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate. Moreover, if Harvard University’s indoor mask mandate is in place at the time of Reunion, all in-person attendees must wear masks while indoors regardless of their vaccination status or test results.

For the most up-to-date information, visit Harvard Kennedy School’s COVID-19: Keep HKS Healthy website.

How will I participate virtually?

We will use a virtual platform called Whova, which will enable you to join Zoom discussions, chat with classmates and participate in Q&A during live sessions. Additional information will be provided upon your registration.

How do I register?

Registration is now open online here. Please note, you must log in with your Harvard Key. If you have any questions, please contact reunion@hks.harvard.edu.

Can I register at the event?

Yes, walk-ins will be permitted at an increased cost.

Where can I find out specific information about my class?

Please view your class page for more specific details about social events or communications for your class and/or degree cohort.

Can I bring guests?

Yes, you may bring a maximum of three guests. 

Will housing or hotels be available for guests?

We will secure local area hotel rooms at a discounted rate for the weekend (May 19-21). Click here to see the list of hotels.  

Are there any discounts available for tickets?

Because we are dedicated to making Reunion financially feasible for all classmates, the registration form contains pricing options both for the complete Reunion program and for individual events. Although the School subsidizes the cost of Reunion, unfortunately not all expenses are covered; thus we do charge a nominal amount. In the interest of equity, we are unable to offer discounts to individual alumni at this time. Thank you for understanding.