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

2020 May 28 - 9:22am
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
2020 May 4 - 10:14am
One Harvard. One GCP. One Calendar.

Beginning today, Graduate Commons events are open to residents of GCP areas (Gardenside and Riverside), as we make the switch to one combined Graduate Commons calendar.  A new link will appear on the EVENT CALENDAR page on Monday, May 10th.



2020 Mar 30 - 2:53pm
Moved away, but still want to stay connected with GCP virtual programming?

We know many of you have made the transition away from campus during this difficult time.  If you'd like to participate in GCP programming from where you are, you are welcome to join us!  Please send an email to your Program Manager staff member to receive the latest zoom link or event information.  #forevergcp

2020 Mar 27 - 4:45pm
Community Advisor application due date has been extended

For those interested in joining our 2020-21 Communitiy Advisor team, GCP has pushed the application deadline due to the changing COVID-19 crisis. Please reach out to for more information on the positions available.  Applications are now live and are being accepted on a rolling basis. 

2020 Mar 10 - 1:32pm

For the latest information on the coronavirus, please visit the Harvard University Coronavirus main page.  A modified Graduate Commons calendar will be available on March 23 on our Event Calendar tab.  GCP will continue to find ways to build community for our HUH residents.  Send any questions or concerns to

2020 Feb 4 - 6:09pm
Community Advisor and Resident Advisor recruitment is underway!

Are you looking to be more involved in your community? Do you want to give back and be a leader where you live?  BE A COMMUNITY ADVISOR!  Information sessions have been scheduled and are listed in our newsletters and online event calendars.  Please reach out to for more information on the positions available.  Applications are live March 2nd and due back on March 27th.


2020 Jan 16 - 12:33pm
Spring semester programming begins with MLK Day of Service

Welcome back, residents!  Spring programming kicks off with GCP's annual participation in the MLK Day of Service at Cambridge City Hall.  This special day allows us to honor Dr. King's legacy by working together to improve our local communities.  Interested?  Contact

2019 Dec 18 - 10:24am
GCP Fall Semester Programming has Ended

Thank you for spending your fall semester with us!  We look forward to hosting you in the new year.  GCP offices close as of noon on Friday, December 20th and will re-open on Monday, January 6th.  Enjoy your Winter Break and Happy Holidays!

2019 Nov 6 - 6:47pm
Harvard Next Gen Initiative at GCP

The “Next Gen Initiative” is a pilot program focused on building collaborative networks and defined resources for staff and faculty who are working with first-gen students across Harvard and creating a leadership development and support program for first-generation college and graduate students from all twelve schools. Our initiative defines “first-gen” as the first person in their families to attend or graduate from a four-year institution or graduate program in the US. 


The series is unique because of its ONE HARVARD focus at the administrative and programmatic levels. Currently, the pilot is supported by 7 offices, including Graduate Commons and over a dozen administrators, faculty, and staff currently working with first-gen students at Harvard. 


Join GCP and the Next Gen Initiative on Friday, November 8th at Memorial Church for a special morning prayer (8:45am)  with HKS' David Gergen and a MemCafe to follow in honor of National First Gen Day!  Look for other upcoming Next Gen events on our calendars.


2019 Oct 16 - 12:25pm
GCP System Maintenance This Weekend

The Harvard Events Booking And Reservation System Will Be Down For Maintenance Beginning Friday, October 18th At 5pm Through Sunday, October 20th At 5pm.  No room reservations or event registations will be available during this time. Thank you for your patience. 



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