Letter from the President


President Fred Lawrence

Dear Parents of Brandeis Seniors,

As your son or daughter enters his or her Senior year at Brandeis, it is my pleasure to write to you about Commencement Weekend. Commencement is the culmination of your daughter or son's years of study and personal growth at Brandeis, and it is an experience that students and their families will remember forever. Events are scheduled for May 16, 17 and 18, 2014, when more than 7,500 students, members of their families, friends and relatives will join in this milestone celebration of our graduates and their accomplishments.

Many more details will be available in the coming months, so please watch this Web site for updates.  It will contain the best and most complete information about the full schedule of events for Commencement Weekend.

One date to note in particular is the President's Reception for graduates and their families, which is scheduled for Friday, May 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Kathy and I look forward to welcoming you and having the opportunity to congratulate you and your graduate in person.

Due to the limited availability of hotel rooms in the Greater Boston area during the spring commencement season, I urge you to make your hotel reservations as early as possible.  Be sure to mention your Brandeis affiliation.

As a parent myself, and also as President of this very special university, I share your sense of pride and satisfaction. Our students’ accomplishments speak to the quality of their efforts and the education they have received at Brandeis.  I hope it has been a rich and rewarding experience for each of them, and that they will choose to maintain a lifelong association with their alma mater through the Alumni Association. As I have told our students on a number of occasions already, they are undergraduates for only four years, but they are alumni for the remainder of their lives.

Best regards.

Fred Lawrence