U.S. Representative John Lewis receives an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Harvard's Commencement Exercises on Thursday while fellow awardees Kwame Anthony Appiah and Wendy Kopp look on. Lewis received the degree for his years as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and his continued service to the nation as a congressman.
Where to start with the 2011-12 Harvard men’s hockey team? The Crimson set an NCAA record with 11 ties, skated at Fenway Park, the TD Garden, and Atlantic City, made it all the way to the ECAC Championship game, and—at one point in the season—had the most effective power play ever.
The Harvard women’s hockey team turned over a new leaf this season. Despite losing two of its top four scorers, the squad squeaked out its highest win total since setting an NCAA record for consecutive wins in the 2007-08 season.
Coming into the 2011-12 season, the expectations couldn’t have been much lower for the Harvard men’s hockey team.
Coming off of a year that had very few individual or team victories, the Harvard wrestling team (5-10, 1-4 Ivy) performed considerably better in 2011-12, sending four grapplers to the NCAA tournament—the most since 2007—and posting its best head-to-head record since the 2008-09 season.
After a string of disappointing seasons, the Harvard men’s hockey team was picked to finish last in the ECAC in one preseason poll. But the Crimson surpassed all expectations this season, ultimately earning a top-25 national ranking and a spot in the ECAC championship.
Harvard is all about the numbers. Number one school in the country with 6,400 undergrads, 3,500 courses, three million volumes in Widener, 12 undergraduate houses, and 41 Division I sports teams. One basketball NCAA tournament run, two Winklevii, three women’s soccer Ivy League championships in the past four years, and a handful of 2012 Olympians.
This season, the Harvard men’s track and field team saved its best performance for last.