On Saturday, September 14, from 1 to 7 p.m., students from all over the country and the world will be welcomed to Harvard Square with open arms by alums, fellow students, Harvard administrators, local community leaders, and business owners.

The Harvard Graduate Council (HGC), the Harvard-wide graduate student government for the 12 graduate and professional Schools, has coordinated with the Harvard Square Business Association and the city of Cambridge to create a day of celebration and community in Harvard Square – the first of its kind. Streets will be shut down and turned over to student performers, local bands, businesses, and city leaders for an outdoor open house. This event brings together all the stakeholders in the Harvard community for a chance to share, celebrate, meet new friends, and reacquaint with old ones. Performances and a  scavenger hunt will continue until 7 p.m. throughout the Square and Yard.

The main stage opening ceremony, located at the corner of Brattle and Church streets, will officially kick off the event at 1 p.m. Marjorie Decker, state representative for the 25th District, is scheduled to give a special welcome to new students and Vice Mayor E. Denise Simmons will bring greetings from the city of Cambridge. All twelve graduate School student presidents will be introduced by Harvard Graduate Council President Philip Harding along with HGC Vice Presidents Sudipta “Nila” Devanath, Karima Ladhani, Leon Liu, Yifan Zhang, Yue Zhang, and Juan Tellez Sandoval.

Details and registration: http://hgc.harvard.edu/welcomeback