After Commencement, graduates become part of the worldwide Harvard community of alumni, and have access to a range of resources from Harvard and the GSD.
Alumni are encouraged to register in the Harvard Alumni Directory to maintain their connections with classmates and professional contacts in the global network of alumni from all of Harvard's schools.
The Frances Loeb Library Alumni Access page provides information for GSD alumni to access all Harvard libraries. These resources include some exceptions to library return deadlines for 2021 graduates involved in ongoing research; check the page for the most up to date information. GSD graduates retain borrowing privileges at the Frances Loeb Library for one year at no cost, with the option to renew.
Harvard Health Insurance expired on July 31, 2021 for May 2021 graduates. Please see the Harvard University Student Health Program frequently asked questions page for more information. Additionally, Harvard University Health Services provides information on securing alternative coverage with a different provider.
Your Harvard student email account will have a grace period of 230 days after your official graduation date before it is deactivated.
Systems & Software
Access to systems and applications that require VPN and HarvardKey verification, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, ended for 2021 graduates on May 28, 2021, the day after Commencement. Limited Canvas access will continue through HarvardKey, but graduates will only be able to view courses they were enrolled in as a student. You may want to ensure you have materials you may need from Canvas or my.Harvard in advance of graduating.
This guide on preparing to leave Harvard is helpful in checking which online systems you will have access to as an alum and when access ends for those that do not continue for alumni. The page also has some helpful tips for how to manage your Harvard accounts to best facilitate your transition from student to alum.