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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

You did it! Last week, Harvard held its 365th Commencement, awarding a total of 1,661 Bachelor's degrees. With Class Day speaker Rashida Jones '97 (most known for her role as Anne Perkins in Parks and Recreation) and Commencement Day speaker Steven Spielberg, the Yard was abuzz with thousands of family, friends and loved ones congregating to celebrate the amazing achievements and accolades of the Class of 2016! Congrats, grads!

Harvard President Drew Faust leads the procession to the Commencement exercises

Steven Spielberg speaks to the Harvard Alumni Association and members of the Class of 2016 during his Commencement address
Of course, no Harvard commencement is complete without The Harvard Shop's pop up shop! For Class Day and Commencement day each year, our 20-something team of managers sets up a temporary store inside Harvard Yard so that our Moms, Dads, and grads can deck out in crimson. Our tent was fun, active, filled with music, and was a change to the often melancholy and contemplative mood that comes with graduation ceremonies. 

The Harvard Shop pop up shop in full flight

Our bestselling accessories and glassware

Even the Dean of Harvard College, Rakesh Khurana, purchased an item from our tent!
Who says you can't have a little fun while working?


Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Last weekend, the Harvard campus saw one of its biggest foot traffic spikes all year-- admitted students weekend. The campus preview weekend, called VISITAS (like "Veritas"), is the first time that admitted students from all over the world gather on campus to immerse themselves in what Harvard has to offer, from research opportunities to top-notch faculty and an amazing community of passionate students. 1400 prospective freshman decked in red Harvard bags attended this year, making it the largest VISITAS yet. 

As an annual tradition, The Harvard Shop hosted our T-Shirt Design Competition amongst the incoming class and welcomed the Class of 2020 with a T-shirt giveaway event boasting the winning design by Rohan Jha from Hawaii, which also became the profile picture of the official Class of 2020 Instagram page! 

Unveiling the winning T-shirt design!
As an entirely student-run organization, The Harvard Shop and its parent company Harvard Student Agencies (HSA) also garnered a lot of interest among the prospective freshmen, providing >500 students with the opportunity to take on jobs from Marketing to Product Design to Management. Here are some snapshots of the team getting ready to welcome the prospective class with free food, t-shirts, and hands-down the best on-campus jobs ever!

The Harvard Shop's 2016 Management Team
HSA President Stephen Xi introduces The Harvard Shop and Harvard Student Agencies
The event was a huge success, with the shirts running out in less than half an hour and more pre-frosh streaming in to grab free food, coupons from our local partners, and sign up to hear about opportunities at The Harvard Shop and Harvard Student Agencies!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A New Member of the Family

Here at The Harvard Shop, we love and treasure all our store locations equally. That's why we are so happy to welcome a new member to the family. We'd like you all to meet our new store at 34 JFK Street in The Garage.