HDS Coronavirus Update

Latest Update: April 2, 2020

In a statement to the wider University community on March 20, Harvard President Larry Bacow said that this year's Commencement, which would have taken place on May 28, must be postponed. However, each School at Harvard, including HDS, will host its own special online event and afterwards deliver diplomas through mail. Once it is safe to gather together again, an in-person celebration will occur. 

Harvard University Updates

HDS Updates: Teaching and Learning

Health and Safety

Campus Updates

  • HDS Public Events Calendar: events on campus will be cancelled, postponed, or changed from in-person to live-streamed or recorded (audio and/or video). The latest information on each event will appear in the calendar listing. Check the calendar if you are uncertain as to the status of any event.
  • The Summer Language Program at HDS will be offered online and for course credit from June 15, 2020, to August 6, 2020. We continue to accept applications. Be sure to enroll by May 8, 2020.
  • Career Services: information on accessing services and resources
  • Continuing and Executive Education: still scheduled for now; check site for updates
  • Admissions: on-campus admissions events are canceled. Online resources will be emailed to accepted students
  • Summer international placements have been canceled, specifically The Greeley International Internship, summer international field education placements, and Buddhist Ministry summer international study grants. 
  • Updates from the HDS Registrar on office hours, exam schedulesordering transcripts, and important deadline info. for changing grade options/withdrawing from a course.
  • Language Qualifying Exams at HDS will take place on Friday, May 1, 2020. All students planning to take an exam must pre-register by April 28, specifying the exam to be taken, by emailing registrar@hds.harvard.eduStudents requiring special accommodations must request them at the time of pre-registration.
  • Departmental mail delivery has been suspended. All mail will be sent to a designated member of each department at their home address.
  • Rock Café will be closed until further notice, starting Tuesday, March 17, per the directive from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. We are working with Jules Catering to reopen when circumstances warrant.

From HDS Dean David N. Hempton


Zoom training sessions for the resumption of classes online have been completed. Resources:

For other questions, contact Kama Lord of IT and Media Services.


Most HDS staff have moved to remote work. Resources: