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Parents' Weekend - Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27

The ultimate weekend for BC families

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Parents’ Weekend 2016

September 30 – October 2

Mark your calendars for Parents’ Weekend 2016!  Come join your Boston College student and other parents on Friday, September 30, through Sunday, October 2.  Each year, more than 2,000 families attend Parents’ Weekend, visiting with their Eagles and getting an inside look at the unique BC experience.

On Friday, parents will join their students in class, attend deans’ open houses and faculty presentations, hear from University President William P. Leahy, S.J., and other University leaders, and end the evening at Pops on the Heights: the Barbara and Jim Cleary Scholarship Gala, featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra. Saturday, come to campus in your best maroon and gold to cheer the BC football team to victory, and Sunday, join thousands of parents and students for a family liturgy.

Registration will open in early June. Until then, see photos from Parents’ Weekend 2015 in our Facebook album, and a collection of tweets and other posts from Parents’ Weekend and Pops on the Heights in this Storify.

Out-of-Town Parents: Please note that hotels fill up quickly, so reservations for Parents’ Weekend should be made as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will I receive additional information on Parents’ Weekend?
    1. You will receive our Parents' Weekend brochure in the mail by mid-June. Those who have registered will receive a packet complete with maps and parking instructions the first week of September.

  1. How do I register for Parents’ Weekend? Is it necessary to register for Parents’ Weekend?
    1. To attend Parents’ Weekend, all families must register in advance at Please be sure to include your student in your headcount and note that events do sell out.

  1. Is there a deadline for registering?
    1. Yes. The deadline to register is Thursday, September 29. However, tickets do sell out for the pregame barbecue and the Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala, so we recommend that you order early. Those who have registered by September 22 will receive a registration packet complete with maps and parking instructions by mail prior to Parents’ Weekend. Those who have registered after this date can pick up a registration packet at the Welcome Center on Friday, September 30 and should refer to the "Directions and Parking Instructions," which will be posted to the website at that time.

  1. Is there a cost for Parents’ Weekend?
    1. Yes. When you register, there is a $35 flat fee per family. This will help to offset the cost of shuttle buses and food services for all non-ticketed events. Only the Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala, pregame barbecue, and football game tickets must be purchased separately.

  1. Who should I contact regarding my questions on Pops on the Heights, football, and pregame barbecue tickets?
    1. • For questions regarding Pops on the Heights tickets, please call 800-767-5591.
      • For questions regarding football tickets or kickoff time, please call 617-552-4622.
      • For questions regarding the pregame barbecue tickets or other Parents' Weekend questions, please email or call 866-237-1120.

  1. When will I receive my tickets?
    1. Registration packets, including tickets for the pregame barbecue, will be mailed after Labor Day. Pops on the Heights tickets will be mailed in September, as well. Tickets for the football game will be mailed depending on when you place your order. Please note that all tickets will be mailed separately.

  1. Do students typically attend the Pops on the Heights concert with their families?
    1. Yes, students typically attend the Pops on the Heights concert with their families. If your student will be attending, please be sure to order their ticket when you purchase your tickets online so that your family will be seated together. Additional ticket orders after the date of purchase may be accepted; however, these tickets will not be for seats next to the previously ordered tickets.

  1. When is kickoff time for the football game typically announced?
    1. Kickoff will be announced on or before September 24 on the BC Athletics website at

  1. What time will the pregame barbecue begin?
    1. The pregame barbecue will begin two hours prior to kickoff.

  1. Do I need to purchase tickets for my student to attend Pops on the Heights, the pregame barbecue, or football game?
    1. Yes, students will need their own ticket in order to attend the Pops on the Heights concert and the pregame barbecue. Students with season tickets (Gold Pass) will be guaranteed admittance to sit in the student section at the football game and there is no need to purchase a ticket for the student unless the family would like to sit together.

  1. Can my student sit with me for the football game?
    1. Your student may sit with you only if you buy a ticket for him or her with your ticket order. Most students have season tickets (Gold Pass) and choose to sit in the student section, meeting with their family before and after the game.

  1. Can we tailgate on campus prior to the football game?
    1. Those with season ticket football parking permits may tailgate on campus prior to the football game. Otherwise, there will be no outside parking or tailgating permitted on game day.

  1. Where can I find information about parking?
    1. Information regarding free parking on Parents' Weekend will be included in your registration packet and will be available on our website in September. For campus maps, please visit BC's Maps and Directions page. Accessible parking instructions for those with mobility issues can be found here.

      A limited number of game day parking passes are available for purchase at using promo code PARENTS. Passes will sell out, so please order early if you wish to park on campus.

      Please note that we strongly encourage you to use the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA or the "T") subway system during your Parents' Weekend stay. The Boston College branch of the MBTA's Green Line (the B train) ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue. To get to the main campus, cross the street and walk by St. Ignatius Church and follow the perimeter road around to campus entrances. If you are planning to stay in Boston, this is a convenient way of getting to campus without needing a car.

      For more information about the MBTA and public transportation to Boston College, please visit the MBTA website. Please note that the MBTA is not affiliated with Boston College.

  1. When should I make hotel reservations?
    1. Hotels fill up quickly during Parents’ Weekend. We recommend making reservations as soon as you know you are planning to come to campus for Parents' Weekend. Please visit the Parents’ Weekend website for a list of area hotels. Please note that Boston College does not have a Parents’ Weekend room block at any hotels.

  1. Where can I find information about places to eat on campus?
    1. Boston College Dining Services has its own website complete with location listings, menus, and hours of operation.

  1. Where can I find information about places to eat off campus?
    1. Search area restaurants by visiting, Yelp, or OpenTable.

  1. May I bring other family members (i.e., grandparents, younger children) to Parents' Weekend?
    1. Parents’ Weekend is open to all, and we encourage you to bring your entire family.

  1. Can I drop off supplies to my student at his or her dorm?
    1. Supplies may be dropped off on Friday and Sunday during Parents’ Weekend. Please notify the gate attendant that you will be dropping off items and not parking. Unfortunately, due to game day parking restrictions, you will not be able to access campus without a valid parking permit on Saturday.

  1. What is the dress code for Parents' Weekend?
    1. The dress code is generally casual. You should dress to be comfortable. Dress for the Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala and the Sunday Liturgy tend to be more formal.

  1. If I have more questions regarding Parents' Weekend, whom shall I contact?
    1. Please call the Parents' Weekend Office at 866-237-1120 or email us at

  1. When will you announce the date for Parents' Weekend 2017?
    1. Next year's date is typically announced in early March.

Contact Us

Parents' Weekend Office
Cadigan Alumni Center
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA  02467

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