College orientations for parents help ease separation pains Colleges provide facts, offer advice on whether to let go ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Joe Castro (right) and Ted Fischer (center) were roommates as Boston College students. They’re attending orientation at their alma mater again, this time as parents. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff The one- or multi-day events for parents, held mostly in June and July, allow colleges to cover issues students tend to ignore during their own orientations. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff But some administrators say the sessions also help over-involved parents who might be having difficulty letting go. Matthew J. Lee These events, once a rarity, have become common on many campuses. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Many schools, including Boston College, Holy Cross, and Wheelock, say their overall message to parents is give their freshmen space.