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The JMU Alumni Association is comprised of all graduates of the university, all annual donors to the university, and, on an associate membership level, all individuals who have completed 12 credit hours and request membership with the association.
The association is directed by the Alumni Board of Directors, a corporate board of directors; an executive committee; and representatives from the JMU Board of Visitors and the Student Ambassadors (student alumni association). The board represents the interests of all graduates by reviewing and setting the strategy for the association.
The Office of Alumni Relations serves as the daily working arm of the association, executing the strategies of the Board of Directors, as well as annual programming and outreach.
The JMU Alumni Association connects alumni to extend the JMU experience. We create an environment that engages, enriches and celebrates our university and alumni - building lifelong relationships
James Madison University was founded in 1908. The first students enrolled in 1909, at what was then called the Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg. Three years later, in 1911, the first-ever commencement ceremonies were held with 20 women receiving degrees. That same year, on June 13, those 20 women founded and organized the Alumnae Association. Since then, the University has undergone many transformations including several name changes. In 1953 the Alumnae Association became known as the Alumni Association to reflect the growing number of men graduating from JMU. From the original 20 members the Alumni Association has grown to more than 109,000 members. A network of chapters and clubs offer opportunities to stay connected to the university through a variety of events and services that are offered to all alumni.
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