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JMUAA offers a wide variety of student events on campus, including:
The granddaddy of them all. JMU Homecoming is an annual celebration when we welcome all of our Madison graduates back to campus. Popular traditions include pep rally, Purple Out!, the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Madison and recognizing our distinguished alumni award winners at halftime of the football game. For complete homecoming information, visit the homecoming website and become a fan of JMU Homecoming on Facebook.
JMU alumni make a big difference. And every year in mid-April, they band together for a day of community service in partnership with JMU community relations, Greater Madison and the Student Government Association. In 2012, more than 1,000 JMU students and alumni participated in service events in 13 different cities across the country. Learn more about The Big Event
Legacy and history are a big part of the Madison Experience, which is why we celebrate our incoming legacy Dukes (freshmen with a parent or grandparent who graduated from Madison) every August at our legacy lunch. Incoming freshmen and their parents enjoy a picnic on us, get to meet the presidents of both JMU and the JMU Alumni Association, and hear about some of Madison's great traditions from fellow Dukes of all generations.
The Fight Song is one of JMU's most popular traditions. Our students know it, breathe it, live it. But first, they need to learn it. That's where we come in. Every August, we host a t-shirt giveaway during Orientation Week, complete with music, food and prizes. The shirts have the fight song printed on the front, upside down, so when our newest JMU fans are cheering the Dukes, all they need to do is look at what they are wearing.
Hosted by the Student Alumni Association, MAD for Madison is our campus philanthropy campaign, aimed at creating a better JMU. Learn more
Being a JMU alum, just like being a JMU student, is about involvement. That's why every summer we host our Student Alumni Association and JMUAA chapter leaders on campus for a two-day leadership conference designed to enhance the alumni experience, celebrate achievement and improve alumni programs across the country. Learn more about MAC
It's one of JMU's oldest traditions, with origins dating back to 1912. Every year, just prior to commencement, graduating seniors gather together for a candle lighting ceremony to celebrate their induction into the JMU alumni family. The primary candle also is used to induct the 50th reunion class into the Bluestone Society, connecting Madison's past and present. Learn more about candle lighting
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