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University President Drew G. Faust addresses graduates, alumni, and honorees during the Afternoon Exercises of the 2014 Commencement services.
University President Drew G. Faust addresses graduates, alumni, and honorees during the Afternoon Exercises of the 2014 Commencement services.
By Leah S. Yared, Crimson Staff Writer

UPDATED: April 21, 2017 at 1:59 a.m.

University President Drew G. Faust took a trip to Los Angeles, Calif. this week “to catch up with alumni and donors on the West Coast,” according to University spokesperson Melodie L. Jackson.

It is not unusual for Faust to take trips to visit alumni or donors, especially as Harvard nears the final stretch of its record-breaking five-year capital campaign, which is scheduled to end in 2018. Though the University blew past its $6.5 billion goal last year, there are still individual buckets of need that have not yet been filled, including undergraduate House Renewal and the construction of a new engineering campus in Allston.

University President Drew G. Faust addresses graduates, alumni, and honorees during the Afternoon Exercises of the 2014 Commencement services.
University President Drew G. Faust addresses graduates, alumni, and honorees during the Afternoon Exercises of the 2014 Commencement services. By George J Lok

Faust also visited California in 2014—albeit with more fanfare—when she spoke at “Harvard in Los Angeles,” an alumni networking event promoting the University’s capital campaign. According to a Harvard Gazette article at the time, around a third of Harvard West Coast alumni reside in Los Angeles.

Last month, Faust traveled to Asia to speak at an event in Singapore, which over 400 University alumni attended. Faust also met with National University of Singapore President Tan Chorh Chuan and other academic leaders before traveling to Vietnam on that trip to pay homage to those who died in the Vietnam War.

—Staff writer Leah S. Yared can be reached at leah.yared@thecrimson.com. Follow her on Twitter @Leah_Yared.

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