The distinct honor of being the oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. belongs to Harvard University. This prestigious Ivy League school was founded in 1636 and named after John Harvard, the college’s first benefactor. One of Harvard’s most notable sights on campus today is the statue of John Harvard located in front of University Hall.
At the time of its inception Harvard had but 9 students. Today enrollment exceeds 20,000 with more than 360,000 living alumni.
Harvard celebrates its 375th anniversary with a yearlong program of cultural events, lectures, and discussions. The official start of the 375th anniversary will be held on October 14, 2011 in Tercentenary Theater. The evening event will begin with roving student performers and parades of Harvard’s alumni. All those in attendance can look forward to completing the night with live music and dancing. Throughout the year, Harvard’s schools will link major events and happenings back to their anniversary to mark this University-wide milestone.
If you are in Boston when Harvard celebrates its 375th anniversary and require overnight accommodations, the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf offers a waterfront location with magnificent views of either the breathtaking city skyline or the scenic harbor. For more information and reservations please visit the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf website or call 617-439-7000.