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Parent Update Winter 2017

Dear Boston College Parents:

We were pleased to welcome your students back to campus earlier this month for the start of spring semester—which coincided this year with a particularly rough stretch of Boston weather!

The lead feature story in this issue of Parent Update covers the rejuvenation of our University Counseling Services, with new programs and services designed to meet specific needs of today’s students. This edition also brings you up to date on the University’s response to community concerns about diversity and inclusion on campus. And it features video highlights from the third consecutive Endeavor program, a three-day career workshop for sophomore liberal arts majors. As usual, we include vital dates to remember and upcoming events you’ll want to keep in mind.

On behalf of my colleagues in Student Affairs, I wish you and your student the best this semester.


Barbara Jones, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs

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University Counseling Services

Responding to data that suggests anxiety is on the rise among college students across the country, University Counseling Services introduces new tools and successful strategies. Read more about University Counseling Services >>


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Boston College Committed to Diversity and Inclusion

In response to racially charged activities that affected the Boston College campus and community last fall, administrators have stepped-up efforts to support the rights of all students and have committed to increasing diversity and inclusion. Read more about BC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion >>



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Endeavor Program

Some 230 students returned early from winter break on January 10 to take part in “Endeavor: The Liberal Arts Advantage for Sophomores,” three days of career exploration, reflection, “career treks” to workplaces of prominent Boston employers, networking with dozens of BC alumni of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, and more. Watch a video of this year's program >>




Commencement is Monday, May 21, 2018

If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to book your travel and lodging plans for Commencement 2018. You can also find lodging information on our hotel accommodations webpage.


Applications accepted for fall 2018 room selection: January 30–February 10. View more information on room selection

Deadline for students graduating in May 2018 to verify their diploma names online: February 1

Spring vacation: March 5–10

Undergraduate student advising for fall semester begins: March 22

Fall semester course registration begins: April 12

Easter Break: March 29–April 2

Last day to officially withdraw from a course or from the University: April 17

Study days: May 4–7

Final exams: May 8–15

Last day to withdraw from fall housing and receive a full refund: May 31  

View more class-specific dates and deadlines >>


Education Career & Internship Fair: March 20

The Eagle Intern Fellowship Program is accepting applications for summer internship stipends through April 4.

Envision, a one-day career reflection opportunity for first-year students: April 7

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"Gratitude" is the theme of the winter semester Eagle's Eye student photo exhibit, now on display in the Student Affairs reception area in Maloney Hall. View student photos>>

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Vocalist Christopher Cheeseman ’20 brought an overflow crowd to its feet with his rendition of “The Impossible Dream” at the 25th anniversary Pops on the Heights gala in late September.
View performance >>


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Approximately 300 students performed dance styles ranging from African to Irish in a collaborative show at Robsham Theater Arts Center in early December. View dance performances >>

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