Family Orientation

Welcome families, parents, guardians, and friends of Berklee students! Here at Berklee, orientation is not just for students. We have many activities planned for Tuesday, January 12 to Thursday, January 14, 2016. Find the schedule of family and parent programs below. You may also download the schedule here. 

Spring 2016 Family Orientation Schedule Berklee.pdf

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Family and Friends Welcome

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Student Activities Center (921 Boylston Street, 3rd floor)

Campus Tours

9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Departing from the Student Activities Center (921 Boylston Street, 3rd floor)
Experience Berklee through the eyes of a student. Tour the campus to see the classrooms and facilities where you will be learning and hear more about Berklee’s diverse offering of programs and majors. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.


Transitioning to Berklee: A Session for Students with Disabilities and Their Families

11:15 a.m.
-12:15 p.m.
Room 511 (921 Boylston Street, 5th floor)

Bob Mulvey, director of Disability and Special Services, will discuss services for students with documented disabilities, documentation guidelines, student responsibilities in the identification and request process, changes in disability law from high school to college, and the accommodation process. 


Parent Meeting

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall (921 Boylston Street)

Come learn about the college from the people who are here to support your student. A panel of representatives from both the offices of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs will be on hand to answer your questions.


The Inside Scoop: Student Question and Answer Panel

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall (921 Boylston Street)

This student panel will feature current international and domestic students speaking about their personal experiences at Berklee. Shannon Muhs Kim, assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs/parent services coordinator, will facilitate the panel.


Parents’ Guide to the Berklee Student Health Insurance Program, Boston-Area Health Services, and Berklee Resources

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall (921 Boylston Street)

Meet with Toni Blackwell, associate dean, Student Health and Wellness; Leah Driscoll, coordinator, Education and Prevention; Karen Grimes, director, Counseling Services; and Jane Stachowiak, director, Student Health Promotion to learn how to help your student navigate health insurance and Boston health resources. This session will include information on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield student health insurance program administered by Gallagher Student Health and Special Risk as well as Boston-area health services, including the special relationship we have with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates located at nearby Kenmore Square. 


Convocation and Concert

7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue)

Be sure to join us as we welcome Berklee’s newest entering class. This welcome concert and presentation features talented Berklee students, alumni, and notable administrators. The convocation is free for students and families.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Roots and Wings: Moving from Parent to Partner and Coach

8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Cafe 939 (939 Boylston Street)

At this continental breakfast and conversation, we will discuss strategies on how to provide sound and appropriate guidance regarding your student’s personal, educational, and career goals. Being a parent or guardian of a college student is a journey of strength, stamina, and courage. Please join us for this conversation with Betsy Newman, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students and Christopher Kandus-Fisher, associate vice president of Student Affairs and chief equity officer. Space is limited so RSVP on site on Tuesday, January 12.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

On-Campus Resources Fair

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Student Activities Center (921 Boylston Street)

Representatives from campus offices and departments that support Berklee students will be on hand to answer any questions.