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. Due to coronavirus/COVID-19, most spring semester events are canceled. For a list of virtual events, please visit the updated Brandeis events calendar.

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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.

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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 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 2020 (previously scheduled for March 23-25) has been canceled.


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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.

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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. Brandeis is currently working on ways to reimagine the 2020 celebration and identify an alternative to the Commencement ceremony. You are invited to share your ideas with the university through the Commencement ideas form. Additional information to come.

Learn more about Commencement