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Spring 2018 Parent Newsletter

Dear Boston College Parents:

This edition of Parent Update is dedicated to transitions—helping you help your student make a smooth passage to the coming year.

This fall marks a significant transition for me as well. After spending more than 40 years in student affairs—the last five at Boston College—I have decided, after much reflection, to retire.

I am grateful that Joy Haywood Moore, associate vice president of Alumni Relations and University Commencement director, has agreed to serve as interim vice president of Student Affairs. A 1981 Lynch School graduate who received an honorary degree from Boston College in 2010, Moore has held a variety of senior leadership positions in higher education and independent schools. In 2011, she returned to her alma mater from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa.

As always, I wish you and your student continued success in this academic year.

Ever to Excel,

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

Career Services

Designing Your Life: A Personal Journey for First-Year Students »


On September 6, Boston College welcomes Dave Evans, co-author of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-LivedJoyful Life, to the University’s First Year Academic Convocation. Evans will deliver the keynote and engage members of the first-year class in conversation about his book, which was chosen as this year’s “common text” with the hope it would provide new students with insight into how to respond to life’s questions and seek direction as they move through their personal journeys. The book may appeal to parents as well.

Be Informed

Move-In Day: What you need to know »

Whether you’re dropping off your student on campus for the first or fourth time, move-in day can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help manage the transition.


Getting involved »

Interested in helping your son or daughter acclimate to college life? Encourage your student to get involved. The BC campus is home to more than 270 student organizations, dedicated to interests that range from arts and culture to politics and social justice to club sports. And it’s never too late to join. The Student Involvement Fair kicks off on Aug. 31.


Boosting diversity »

BC has partnered with DiversityEdu to offer an online diversity learning module to all undergraduates. The tool, launched this summer, teaches students, among other things, to recognize unconscious biases and stereotypical thinking.

Get Ready


Campus move-in dates
First-year students: Wednesday, August 22
Welcome Week activities
Returning and transfer students: Friday, August 24

First day of classes: August 27

Looking forward
What your student should be thinking about in the days and weeks ahead. View key calendar dates per class »

Student Involvement Fair: August 31

First Year Academic Convocation: September 6

Career Center outreach and offerings
Fall Career and Internship Fair: September 13, Conte Forum, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Confirmed 2018–19 career fairs and networking events

Parents’ Weekend: September 28–30
Schedule, hotel guide, registration

Endeavor: January 9–11, 2019
A three-day career exploration for sophomores
Registration opens on October 3, 2018


The Class of 2017 departed the Heights more than a year ago. See where they’ve landed »



Building projects large and small are underway across campus this summer.Check out their progress »


BC Dining Services and the student group Every Bite Counts work together to donate 17,000 non-perishable goods to Rosie’s Place. Read more »

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