Family Friendly Events

Brandeis University 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.

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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 2019 took place on August 25.

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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 2019 took place on October 5.

A full schedule of athletic events is available online. Check out a home game if you are in New England, and look for away games in your area!

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Family Weekend

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 2020 is scheduled for October 23-25.

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'deis IMPACT

Sponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, and the Student Union, 'deis IMPACT is Brandeis University’s weeklong “festival of social justice.” Students, professors, clubs and academic departments plan dozens of events throughout the week, featuring talks, art-making workshops, performances, exhibits, and discussions. Events are free and open to the public. 'deis IMPACT 2020 will take place March 23-25.

Learn more about 'DEIS Impact

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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. The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts 2020 will take place April 25-May 1. 

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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. More than 7,500 students, family members and friends join in this milestone celebration of our graduates and their accomplishments. Commencement 2020 will take place on Sunday, May 17.

Learn more about Commencement