The University Marshal’s Office supports Harvard’s schools, centers and central administration by serving as Harvard’s most visible and historically appropriate “front door” for visiting dignitaries and delegations. With the goal of making Harvard truly accessible to the world, the Marshal’s Office makes every effort to welcome as many legitimate international visitors as possible. The Office provides the university’s distinguished guests with a warm and thoughtful welcome that helps demystify Harvard for first-time visitors.
Inviting Heads of State, Dignitaries and Other High-Profile Visitors to Speak at Harvard
Harvard University regularly hosts distinguished visitors of many different nationalities, backgrounds, and beliefs. In doing so, the University encourages intellectual and educational enrichment while also honoring the principles of free speech and open inquiry that are appropriate and essential to an institution of higher learning.
On Friday, October 5, 2018, Harvard University formally installed Lawrence Bacow as its 29th President. The Marshal’s Office was involved in many aspects of the planning of this momentous event, but was principally responsible for the inviting and hosting of delegates from other institutions who participated in the academic procession. The Marshal’s Office oversaw the operation of the delegates hospitality area at Boylston Hall the day of the event, which involved coordinating the efforts of dozens of volunteers and orchestrating the formation of the procession that kicked off...
H.E. Lenin Moreno Garces, President of Ecuador, visited Harvard while in the U.S. for the UN General Assembly. The first part of his visit marred by rain, he and First Lady Rocio Moreno nevertheless enjoyed a visit to Widener Library in the morning. After meetings in Boston, they returned to the Yard in the afternoon to meet with President Bacow, before continuing on to the Kennedy School to deliver a...
The First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, spoke at the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program's Forum for Education and Health Ministers. Tara Benedict from the University Marshal's Office took the First Lady on a tour of Harvard Yard and Widener Library after her speech. They also visited Wadsworth House briefly to sign the University guest book. ... Read more about First Lady of Kenya
The leaders of five major universities in Spain visited Harvard for two days of meetings and panel discussions, convened by the Real Colegio Complutense. The rectors spent time at Wadsworth House with University Marshal Dr. Margot Gill before beginning their program. Pictured below are: Guilermo Cisneros Perez, Rector of Polytechnic de Madrid; Mavi Mestre, Rector of University of Valencia; Dr. Gill; Carlos Andradas, Rector of Complutense University of Madrid; Miguel Angel Castro, Rector of the University... Read more about Spanish University leaders at Harvard