Orientation 2018

Orientation Mission Statement

PLEASE NOTE: The information on these pages is related to Orientation 2018.  Information regarding Orientation 2019 will be posted as it is confirmed.


The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Student Orientation provides students the foundation to transition to HGSE and prepare to be agents of their own learning. Orientation is the beginning to building an inclusive environment in which members  explore the educational opportunities and responsibilities present in a diverse and global community that values critical inquiry, equity, social justice  and education’s role in societal change. We invite you to use your perspectives and funds of knowledge in the contribution to this community.

Our mission is to introduce what HGSE has to offer and engage you in envisioning and planning your academic and personal journey. We aim to meet this mission by providing opportunities to:

  • WELCOME and CELEBRATE the beginning of this chapter in your educational trajectory.
  • EXPOSE you to the breadth of opportunities and resources available for your success.
  • CONNECT you to a community of learners from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • REFLECT on your current and future needs, goals, and development.
  • CHALLENGE yourself to new thinking and a rediscovery of your potential

While we do not aim to answer all your questions or address any anxieties you may have this week, the Office of Student Affairs at HGSE commits to support you and help you find the resources and supports you may need throughout the rest of the semester and your entire time here.

To view the power point presentation from "Orientation Virtual Session; How to Make the Most of Orientation at HGSE" on Wednesday, August 15, please click here.

Orientation Dates

The tentative dates for Orientation 2018 are as follows:

Ed.L.D. Program Launch

Monday, August 20

Tuesday, August 21

Wednesday, August 22

Thursday, August 23

Friday, August 24

Prevention Science and Practice Pre-Orientation

(mandatory for students entering the PSP Program)

Wednesday, August 22

Thursday, August 23

Ph.D. Program Orientation

Friday, August 24; 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tuesday, August 28; 10 am - 2:30 pm

Friday, August 31; 2:30 - 5 pm

International Student Orientation

Friday, August 24; 8:30 am - 1:15 pm

Students of Color Orientation Friday, August 24; 11:30 am - 5 pm
School-wide Orientation for All Students

Monday August 27 - Friday, August 31

Please note that these dates and times are tentative and are subject to change.