Family Friendly Events
Brandeis University typically hosts a vast array of on-campus, local and online events throughout the year that are open to Brandeis parents and families. Below is a list of our most popular family events. For a more detailed list of events, please visit the Brandeis events calendar.
New Student Orientation
Orientation is as much an initiation for parents and families as it is a welcome for new students. Brandeis holds several programs geared specifically for parents and families, including a Welcome Fair, panel presentations, receptions and a barbecue. Opening Day for August 2021 took place on August 22.
Homecoming offers students, alumni and their families and friends the opportunity to show their Brandeis pride and cheer on the Judges on the court, on the field and in the pool. Homecoming 2021 took place on October 9.
For more than 65 years, students have come to Brandeis to learn, become leaders and make their mark. Family Weekend invites friends and family to the Brandeis community to learn more about what our institution has to offer. Visitors spend quality time with family while attending on- and off-campus events to get a taste of the Brandeis experience. Family Weekend 2021 took place on October 15-17.
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Deis Impact is Brandeis University’s festival of social justice. This series of events empowers students, academic departments, clubs, faculty, staff and organizations to sponsor programming opportunities connected to important social justice themes. Programs include talks, art-making workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions. Events are free and open to the public. Deis Impact 2021 took place virtually from April 7-12, 2021.
Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts
The annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts showcases nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists together with music, dance, theater, film and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students and alumni.
Commencement is the culmination of your student's years of study and personal growth at Brandeis, and it is an experience that students and their families will remember forever. Commencement 2022 is currently scheduled for May 22.
What to expect moving in
New Student Orientation at Brandeis is created by students for students. A small group of student leaders work closely with the Department of Orientation staff to create, plan and implement Orientation for the incoming class. One of our Orientation Leaders (OLs) will serve as a guide, resource and mentor to your student throughout their first days on campus and beyond.