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 Monday, August 29 to Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Find the schedule of family and parent programs below, and please let us know which events you plan on attending here:

Register for family orientation.

Monday, August 29, 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.

On-Campus Resources Fair

11:00 a.m.-1:00 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.

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

11:15 a.m.
-12:00 p.m.
Room 511 (921 Boylston Street, 5th floor)

Gabe Roses, assistant director of disability services/special programs, 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.

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 Leah Driscoll, assistant director of 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. 

Community Picnic on the Patio 

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
7 Haviland Patio

Tuesday, August 30, 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, senior vice president for student enrollment and engagement, and Christopher Kandus-Fisher, vice president of Student Affairs and chief equity officer.