For Parents & Families

Commencement | May 26-28, 2017

For a complete schedule of events and other important information about the weekend, check  Questions? Please contact the Office of University Event and Conference Services (

Winter Break 2016-2017: Open/closed

Emergency services are available during this and all academic breaks. Administrative offices are closed from 5PM Thursday, December 22, 2016 until 8:30 AM Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Check for information about emergency contacts and assistance beginning December 22, and hours of services available in January 2017.

Academic advising | For spring courses

At this point, students may not make additional changes in registration until courses begin Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  At Brown, the open curriculum asks students to design a course of study to reflect their personal interests and goals. Our advising structures support students throughout this academic journey. Read more about academic advising for first-years, sophomores, transfers, juniors, and seniors. Read also Dean Mandel's letters about The First Months at Brown and Support for the Sophomore Year.

Year at a Glance

Year-at-a-Glance is a one-page overview of the year with significant dates for easy reference. Full academic calendars are available on the Registrar's website.

Verification of Enrollment

Instructions for requesting proof of a student's enrollment--for insurance or other documentation purposes--are available from the Registrar's Office.

A welcoming space for first-generation and low-income students

Brown's new First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center opened in September in a recently renovated space on the 5th floor of the Sciences Library. Check out the First Generation College Students website for more information about the Center and other opportunities for your student to connect with First-Gen@Brown.

Bear Bucks | Add funds on-line

Once they have established a Bear Bucks account, students swipe their Brown ID to do laundry, print or make photocopies, make purchases from on-campus vending machines and at other campus locations that accept BearBucks. On-line, credit card deposits to Bear Bucks are now possible through the GET portal. Family members may also add funds to a student's BearBucks account by goingto and entering the student's Brown ID#, last name, and birth date to make a deposit. Students may still may still add funds by putting paper money into a Value Port machine on campus, depositing in person at the Cashier’s Office, or sending a check to the Cashier’s Office.

Safety at Brown

The Safety at Brown website provides summary information about safety-related services, tools, policies, and best practices that will help protect members of the Brown community.

This site is a joint effort of the offices of Campus Life, the Dean of the College, and the Parent Program in Advancement.