Annual Report 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 Annual Report for the Office of the University Marshal is now available.

Download the 2020-2021 annual report here


The 2020-2021 academic year was unlike any other, at Harvard and around the world. With most of Harvard’s travel and non-academic in-person activities cancelled or strictly limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual duties and responsibilities of the University Marshal’s Office were either adapted to the virtual realm or put on hold for the year. Due to the university-wide hiring freeze enacted in the spring of 2020, the Office’s one remaining full-time staff member worked remotely for the year, and the Interim University Marshal Margot Gill retired in January 2021. This year's annual report is a summary of the adapted activities undertaken by the Marshal’s Office during this most unusual time.


During the 2020-2021 academic year, when in-person and on-campus activities were mostly suspended and staff continued to work remotely, the Marshal's Office:

  • Supported the implementation of 81 virtual events featuring high-profile guest speakers
  • Arranged 42 virtual visits with Harvard faculty and administrators for individual visitors and delegations
  • Assisted 34 Harvard departments with special gift orders
  • Advised 30 student programs and organizations on protocol and logistics for virtual conferences and special events
  • Collaborated with the Harvard Visitor's Center on of virtual tour offerings for visitors
  • Developed a virtual version of the official University guest book
  • The John Harvard statue wearing a mask

    Photo by Rose Lincoln, university photographer, used with permission from Harvard's Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC) department