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Spring 2018 Parent Newsletter

Dear Boston College Parents:

Spring is an especially busy time on campus. Thankfully, there are a number of events—like the arts festival—that help relieve some of the end-of-semester pressure. Now in its 21st year, the festival brings together BC student, faculty, and alumni artists, who present an impressive array of visual, performance, and mixed media art to audiences on campus and from surrounding communities.

Meanwhile, with summer right around the corner, students will soon set off from campus to travel, learn, or return home to summer jobs and to spend time with family. Anticipating your student’s return home for the summer can stir up a whole host of emotions for you, as parents, and your students. That’s why this issue of Parent Update offers practical advice for families who want to make the most of their time together.

The Career Center also weighs in with some tips on how your student can use the summer productively to check in on their career planning progress.

My congratulations to the graduating seniors and their parents, and I wish all families a restful summer break.


Joy Moore ’81, Hon. ’10
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Career Services


In a couple of weeks, many BC students will be packing up to study, travel, pursue an internship, or take a job in a new city. Some parents are anticipating their student’s return home with a mix of excitement and anxiety. Fortunately, University Counseling Services has come up with practical advice to help make the transition home a smooth one for the whole family. Read more about transitioning back home for the summer. »

Summer is a good time for students to check in on career planning progress. »

Be Informed

Students relive history over spring break

Fifteen students participated in the inaugural Magis immersion trip, which brought the Civil Rights movement to life. Read more about the trip. »


Take 2: The sophomore experience

[VIDEO] The Fresh Takes video series chronicles eight BC student experiences. In “Take 2,” the students reflect on their sophomore year and how they've changed in two years. Hear from the students. »


Class of 2018 Eagles: Where have they landed?

Survey results continue a positive trend in the number of new BC graduates employed, in graduate school, or engaged in fellowship or volunteer work. View the survey results. »


First-gen trailblazers

BC offers key programs to support first-generation students—undergraduates who are first in their families to attend college—navigate the complexities of campus life. Read more about the first-gen experience. »


Commencement speaker announced » International Catholic higher education leader Isabel Capeloa Gil will address graduates at the University’s 143rd Commencement.

Commencement app, download it today » For quick and easy access to information, weather alerts, and schedule changes in real time, download the Boston College Commencement app from the Apple AppStore or get it on Google Play.

FAQs » Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Commencement.

Invitations »
Personalized printed announcements or invitations can be ordered through the Bookstore by calling 800–433–0296 or visiting

Book Your Hotel »
If you have not already booked your accommodations, you should do so now.



Get Ready

Deadline to apply for summer session housing: May 3

Study days: May 3–6

Final exams: May 7–14

Residence Halls close at 5:00 p.m. for non-graduating students: May 14

First date of Summer Session 1: May 14

Commencement: May 20

Residence Halls close at 8:00 p.m. for graduating seniors: May 20

Deadline to cancel fall 2019 housing without a cancellation fee: May 31

Last date of Summer Session 1: June 21

First day of Summer Session 2: June 24

Last day of Summer Session 2: August 2

First-year move in: August 22

Returning-student move in: August 24

Students required to arrive early to campus because of extraordinary individual circumstances or to take part in University-sponsored programs must submit an early arrival application. Applications will be available in early July. 

The earliest date that students with an approved early arrival can return to campus is Sunday, August 18, 2019. Early arrivals are subject to a $75 per night fee. Students who participate in the Welcome Wagon program will receive three free nights. 

For more information on early arrivals and fall move-in, please see the fall move-in web page and the early arrival policy. For questions, e-mail or call Residential Life at 617–552–3060.


[VIDEO] The annual Showdown dance competition draws record crowds, promotes diversity and cultural awareness. View highlights »



A recent Boston College survey identifies strengths, areas for improvement in student experience. Read more about the survey »


Launched in 2006, BC's Agape Latte storytelling program helps students on their faith journeys. Read more about the program »

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