May 2019

Dean Families,

We are now in the midst of award ceremonies, last classes, final social activities and rapidly closing in on exam week and Commencement. All of these closing events put an exclamation mark on another terrific year at Dean while bringing a myriad of emotions for students, staff and faculty. We are so excited for our graduates as they have worked tirelessly to reach milestones and now look to carve a new path on their life's journey. Supporting their growth and maturation as college students is something that we cherish and we will continue to cheer and support them as they rise to greater heights! For our returning students, they have continued to make their mark and etch their own legacy as Bulldogs in the classroom, playing field, on stage and through leadership and we look forward to the years ahead.

To the families of the Class of 2019, congratulations go out to you as well. This accomplishment is a team effort and your many levels of support and positivity have played a significant role in the success of your student. It has truly been my pleasure to connect with you in writing and many of you in person, and I wish you and your student all the best in future endeavors. Go Bulldogs!
Dave Drucker
Assistant Vice President,
Student Life & Dean of Students
Final Exam Week: May 6- May 9
Students with three examinations on one day may opt to move one of the exams to a different day to ease their preparation for finals. Students with this conflict must visit their advisor prior to finals week to initiate an alternate final exam time. Remind students that faculty post final exam times on their syllabi. Students may also visit the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning for final exam times and locations.

Final course grades will be visible via the student portal by 3 pm on Friday, May 10 th . Note: final course grades for returning students are not due until Tuesday, May 14 th at 12:00 pm.

Want Academic Coaching in the Fall?
Academic Coaching is open for the Fall: The Academic Coaching program is designed to provide specialized academic coaching to students at Dean College. This fee-based service is available to any Dean College student who believes she or he would benefit from individualized skill development in the areas of study strategies, time management, organization, test preparation and writing. Our Academic Coaches build on strengths while addressing areas of challenge. The cost is $850 per hour of coaching support each week per semester, and the price increases $850 incrementally for every additional hour added per week. To register students, please go to:, or call the Morton Family Learning Center at 508-541-1768.
Shhhh….quiet hours in effect
Twenty-four quiet hours in the residence halls begin Saturday, May 4 th  at 12am and remain in effect throughout exam week. While this is an exciting time for students with both summer and graduation quickly approaching, we need to ensure that the environment is conducive to academic success. This will be enforced by staff and result in swift sanctions if violated.
Closing Time!
Resident students are required to depart three hours after the completion of their last exam (this policy is extremely beneficial to those still in the midst of completing exams). The residence halls will officially close at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 9 th  (graduates- see below).

Any exceptions to this policy will be determined by the Office of Residence Life. Students must complete the checkout procedure as discussed in their residence hall meetings. All rooms must be cleaned and keys properly returned to avoid a room charge. Students should visit their Resident Director, Community Advisor or Chapman House with any questions.

Graduating resident students should depart campus by 3pm on Saturday, May 11 th . Following Commencement Exercises graduates will be expected to complete the appropriate check-out process in their respective residence hall. Students should meet with their Resident Director and/or Community Advisor with any questions.
Financial Planning for 2019- 2020

  • Mark your calendars- Returning Student Move-in- Tuesday, September 3rd. Fall classes will begin on Wednesday, September 4th. Fall tuition bills are due by Friday, July 19th. Please contact the Center for Student Financial Planning with any questions at 508-541-1518 or via email at

  • If you have not yet completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA at, please do so as soon as possible. Fall semester bills will be emailed in June and we want to make sure all of your financial aid is in order before then. Please contact the Center for Student Financial Planning with any questions at 508-541-1518 or via email at
153rd Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 11 th

RAIN OR SHINE!  For more details about Commencement please visit our website: . The website will continuously be updated with details leading up to and through the graduation ceremony.

Important Information
Commencement Reception Friday, May 10 th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Dean College will hold a reception in the Campus Center for graduates and their families. 

Live Stream: The Commencement ceremony will be live streamed:
Are you looking for a lasting Commencement gift for your graduating student? Honor your graduate’s time at Dean by purchasing:

Graduation Days- Event for Students 
Thursday, May 9 th 

  • We hope that your student has signed up for the Graduation Days trip on the Boston Harbor Moonlight Cruise on Thursday, May 9th. There is currently a waitlist for students who have not signed up yet. Please have them email Christina Frugale at to be placed on the waitlist. Encourage them to make one last great memory with their friends in Bulldog Nation.

Spot On: Campus Parking for 2019- 2020

Does your student need parking for next year? Students MUST complete the parking interest form by Friday, May 3rd . The form can be located at and has been provided to all students that have completed the housing selection. Students that do not receive a space through the lottery or decide to enter the parking program at a later date will be placed on a waiting list. Commuter students will be contacted during the summer months regarding their parking designations. All parking inquiries can be directed to Steve DeJoie, Campus Safety Manager at
New for Fall 2019: Bachelor of Science in Biology

The new Biology major features foundational lab science courses and other coursework that emphasizes academic and career competencies. Students will develop a knowledge of biological systems, current topics in the life sciences, and career-relevant skills that will position them to apply these skills to a variety of areas from the laboratory to sales and marketing. Students majoring in Biology will be able to take advantage of state-of-the-art technology, knowledgeable faculty, and small classes.
Thinking about a Master's Degree in Sport Management? Dean has a new articulation agreement with Boston College.

Available to students who graduate through May 2021. Apply based on completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in May of their senior year; a Grade Point Average of 3.30 or higher and submission of full application by Boston College's deadline. As part of this agreement Dean graduates will receive both a waiver of the application fee and waiver of the GRE requirement!
Students with grades of B or higher in SFL172, 305, and 405 will receive six (6) credits of transfer credits, giving them the option of completing the eight remaining Master’s courses in one year.
Summer Courses
Registration for summer classes is open! The summer term will begin on May 20 th . Students should visit their advisor to discuss course selection, rates, and housing. Click here to see a listing of summer courses provided by the School of Continuing Studies.
Service to the Community

Bulldogs have been very active in community service and service-learning projects this year. Currently the community has completed over 2,300 hours with involvement in over 100 projects ranging from on the go bags for the homeless, to unloading the food truck at the Franklin Food Pantry, to reading to elementary school children, to helping build a house with Habitat for Humanity in Boston.
Counseling Services: The Importance of Self-Reflection
Students are in the process of making final edits, studying for final exams and spending quality time with friends before the end of the academic year. Hopefully, in a short time, any feelings related to academic stress will diminish, and they will move on to summer plans. The end of the school year provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of past year. Once your student settles in, and catches a second wind, you might consider posing a few thought-provoking questions to encourage self-reflection and gaining personal insight. Here are some examples:
What worked well this semester? Both in and out of the classroom. What did you really like/enjoy this semester?  What didn’t go well? 
What have you discovered about yourself this semester? Has this given you a different perspective?
What strengths do you have that you hadn’t realized? Can you build on those?
If you had the semester to do over again, what would you change? What would you do differently? (guide them to think about, things within their control).  
Encouraging your student to reflect and identify areas strengths and needed improvement will provide a lifelong skill and foundation for success. Have a great Summer!
Dean Resources
As always, please feel free to reach out to any of our offices if we can be of further support to you or your student.

Advising and Career Planning: 508.541.1536
Athletics: 508.541.1816
Campus Safety: 508.541.1888 
Center for Student Financial Planning and Services: 508.541.1518
Dining Services: 508.541.1564
Health Services:  508.541.1600
Morton Family Learning Center: 508.541.1768
Residence Life: 508.541.1838