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Tips for Parents Sending Students to College 


Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay, Associate Dean/Director of the Parent Programs at Providence College 

As summer ends, many families are getting their children ready for school. In particular, sending a child to college is a major transition for both the parent and the student.

At PC, the Parent Programs are an important resource for all families in making the student's experience an enriching and successful one.  

Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay, Associate Dean/Director of PC's Parent Programs, is available to share her knowledge and offer tips to parents who are preparing their children for college. 

To speak with her directly, please contact Chrissy Centazzo at (401)-340-5710, or


Meet our Expert

Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay,
assoc. dean, director of parent programs,
and assistant professor;
Teaching at PC since 1973
  • Parent and Student Transitions (emphasis on parent role)
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Theories of Counseling  
Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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