Several employees said they were skeptical that the University canceled the event solely due to lack of attendance.
“I think they were trying to cut back,” Lehar said.
Jaeger said that he was not sure whether the University canceled the event in order to save money or to “save an hour of the President’s time.”
“In either of those cases, it’s so not worth it,” Jaeger said of the cancellation.
According to O’Brien, the University plans to reconsider how to best recognize employee service milestones and move towards a “more contemporary, meaningful and effective for employees at all stages of their career at Harvard.”