Upon graduation, your HMS email account, O365 OneDrive, OneNote, MyCourses, eCommons and other student services will be deactivated. Eligibility requirements are covered below.

Graduating Student FAQ

I am not graduating this year. Will I have access to my HMS email account and other services? (online storage space, web hosting, etc.)

If your student status in the Registrar's Office states that you will not be graduating this year, your HMS email account and other services will not be deactivated. Call the appropriate Registrar's office to see what your status is.

Can I maintain my HMS email account if I transition to an on-quad HMS faculty or non-casual FT/PT staff role?

Yes, if you are transitioning to a new role at HMS or HSDM that is your primary employment such as an on-quad faculty or non-casual FT/PT staff position, you can request to keep your existing HMS or HSDM account. You must make this request prior to July 31st by sending an email to the HMS IT Service Desk: itservicedesk@hms.harvard.edu.

Can I maintain my MyCourses/eCommons account if I transition to an on-quad HMS faculty or non-casual FT/PT staff role upon graduation?

Yes, you may request to keep your eCommons/MyCourses account to carry over with your new role for on-quad locations.
You must make this request prior to July 31st by sending an email to the HMS IT Service Desk: itservicedesk@hms.harvard.edu

If I do not officially transition to a faculty role until or after my graduation date, can I prevent my MyCourses/eCommons account from being disabled for the transition?

Yes, if you are transitioning to an on-quad HMS or HSDM faculty or non-casual FT/PT staff role in the near future, you may request a delay in terminating your MyCourses/eCommons account for an additional 60 days. You must make this request prior to July 31st by sending an email to the HMS IT Service Desk: itservicedesk@hms.harvard.edu.

I am graduating from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine but will be an HSDM Resident this coming school year. Can I keep my email account and other services?

Yes, if you are transitioning to a Harvard Dental School residency program this year after graduation, then your HMS/HSDM email account and services will remain active. Please check with the HSDM Registrar's office to see if all of your residency information is correctly entered into their system. For the HSDM Registrar's Office call (617) 432-1443.

I am graduating this year but will begin a new program at a non-HMS/HSDM school at Harvard. Can I keep my email account and other services?

No. A suggestion would be to begin forwarding your emails from your HMS/HSDM email account to your new email account if it is already set up for you. Otherwise, you will need to forward it to another email account such as yahoo or Gmail or save your emails to a local hard drive. See the information below on how to save your emails to your local computer.

Can I maintain my HMS email account if I transition to a faculty role, but my primary employment is at an HMS-affiliated hospital?

No, the HMS email account policy requires that an off-quad appointed faculty member employed by an affiliated institution obtain and use an employer-supplied email address such as @bidmc, @caregroup, @partners, etc., and therefore do not qualify for an HMS email account.

How can I obtain an alumni.harvard.edu "email forwarding" account?

Email accounts for all HMS/HSDM/DMS/HST graduates will be deactivated upon graduation. A recommended course of action is as follows:

  1. Obtain a new email account (such as @yahoo, @hotmail, or at your new place of work).
  2. Sign up for email forwarding at the Harvard Alumni Affairs and Development as soon as possible (*See details below.) - Their services provide you with an email forwarding address of yourname@alumni.harvard.edu
  3. Update your Alumni.Harvard Forwarding account to point to your non-Harvard email account.
  4. Inform all your friends, family, and other contacts of your new email address at yourname@alumni.harvard.edu before your graduation date.
  5. Forward any mail that you want to save to your non-Harvard email account. See more information on Email Forwarding provided by Harvard Alumni Affairs & Development below.

Questions regarding your Alumni.Harvard forwarding account can be submitted online at https://community.alumni.harvard.edu/contact-us. Additional questions regarding the deactivation of your HMS e-mail account and other student services can be directed to Student Computing Support via email.

Email Forwarding provided by Harvard Alumni Affairs & Development

Graduating students can check if they are eligible to register for Alumni.Harvard at http://alumni.harvard.edu/help/email-forwarding/forwarding-setup-activation. Continue following the remaining steps at the Alumni.Harvard site to complete your registration.

If you experience any problems with registration or logging into your account, please email Harvard Alumni Affairs & Development or call 617-496-0559. You can also view their help section at http://alumni.harvard.edu/help

NOTE: Alumni.Harvard e-mail forwarding is not an email account, and it will not replace your current e-mail Internet Service Provider (ISP) or your Harvard (FAS/HMS) e-mail account. Messages sent to your Alumni.Harvard address are forwarded to an e-mail account that you provide.

Is it possible to save my existing HMS messages to my personal computer before my HMS email account is terminated?

Yes. There are several options for saving email after you have graduated.

  • On a Mac
    Use an email client such as Apple Mail or Microsoft Outlook to drag and drop your email from your HMS account to On My Mac (Apple Mail) or On My Computer (Microsoft Outlook). Transferring email this way will save the email, sent and received dates, and attachments. It will not save Calendar or Contact information.
  • Windows Computers
    Use Outlook for Windows to create a .pst archive. This will save email, calendar, and contact information, including email send and receive dates as well as attachments.
  • On the Web
    Create a rule in Outlook Web Access to forward messages to another email address that you own. This method will modify the send and receive dates of the messages to the current date and may result in missing attachments. Calendar and Contact information cannot be saved using rules.

Be sure to save the email in all folders, including Inbox, Sent Items, or other folders on the HMS Email server.

Make sure to download your email from the HMS Email server before the account termination date. We are unable to provide account extensions beyond the termination date.