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.
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
A number of notable leaders from Africa spent two days at Harvard for the "Africa's Leaders Speak" conference convened by the Center for African Studies. Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong, Director of the Center, brought a number of them to Wadsworth House to meet with Interim Marshal Dr. Margot Gill. Pictured below are (standing, left to right): James Ogolla, Director of University Advancement, United States International Univeristy (USIU), Kenya; Paul Zeleza, Vice Chancellor of USIU; His Excellency Jakaya... Read more about African leaders at Harvard
The President and First Lady of Iceland, Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson and Eliza Reid, spent a day in January at Harvard. They had a tour of Harvard Yard with an undergraduate student tour guide, a visit to Widener Library, and a courtesy visit at Wadsworth House with the Interim University Marshal, Margot Gill. They then spent the afternoon at the Kennedy School, where both the President and First Lady had their own lunchtime events with students and faculty. The President...