Fall Orientation

Thursday, August 16, 2018

MADISON UNION BALLROOM, 5th floor Warren Hall 

Although the orientation is not mandatory, you are strongly encouraged to attend. All of the sessions offered during orientation are optional, so you have the opportunity to attend whichever sessions will be most relevant and helpful to you. You are encouraged to participate in the entire orientation, and yet you are free to attend relevant sessions based on your own availability and time constraints. 

There is no charge to attend the orientation, however we do ask that you register so that we have an accurate account of attendance. 

Register here for August orientation.

August 16 Location - 

The Madison Union Ballroom is located on the 5th Floor of Warren Hall. - JMU Campus Map - Bluestone Area
Warren Hall does have an elevator to assist you with reaching the 5th floor. 

At this time, we will not have the ability to allow participation via the internet. 


8:30 – 9:00 am           Check-in (Madison Union Ballroom)

Services Café’  (Vendor Exhibit) 8:30 am – 9:30 am (Madison Union Ballroom)

9:00 – 9:10 am           Welcome (Madison Union Ballroom)

9:10 – 9:40 am           General Session 1: Grad Success/ Professional Development (Madison Union Ballroom)

      • University Libraries
      • General Graduate School Policies
        • Continuous enrollment
        • Grading
        • honor council/policy
      • Online Resources (online orientation and jmugradsuccess.com) 
      • Grant opportunities (travel grants, global opportunity grants)
      • Professional Development opportunities (Three Minute Thesis Competition, Showcase of Graduate Scholarship)

9:40 – 9:45 am            Break

9:45 – 10:15 am        Session 2: What to Expect

      • Making the Transition from Undergraduate to Graduate (Madison Union Ballroom)
      • Becoming a Doctoral Student  (TBD)

10:15-10:25am            Break

10:25-10:55 am          Session 3: Nitty Gritty

      • Learning Strategies/ Time Management (Madison Union Ballroom)
      • Graduate Assistant Session (TBD)

10:55 -11:00 am           Break

11:00 - 11:45 am        Graduate Student Life presentation and social with the Graduate Student Association (GSA)(Madison Union Ballroom)

11:50 -                         Lunch Groups (GSA) (various locations around downtown or campus) -tentative... 

1:30-3:30 pm          Session for International Students - (Center for Global Engagement (CGE), Madison Hall 2nd floor)  All new international graduate students should attend this portion of the orientation. You will receive other very important information as it relates to international graduate student regulations and issues. 

Post- lunch                 Free time/ Self-Guided tours - visit the SSC, UREC, Forbes Center, Libraries (East Campus (Rose) and West Campus (Carrier)) 


The closest Commuter Student parking is in Grace Street Parking Deck  - Campus Parking Map  - Lot C4 or the Chesapeake Avenue and Warsaw Avenue Parking Decks are the next closest parking areas. 

You will need to obtain your campus parking pass from Parking Services prior to parking in designated commuter spots on campus, or risk receiving a ticket. Visit parking services (http://www.jmu.edu/parking) for information on purchasing your parking pass online, fees, and parking areas. You may also visit the Parking Services office, located in the Champions Drive Parking Deck, in person. 

You may also want to download the free JMU Parking App, that will inform you if spaces are available in various parking decks. 

Please contact The Graduate School (grad@jmu.edu or 540-568-6131) if you may require assistance to access and participate in the event. (wheelchair, walking, interpretation services, etc.) A staff member will contact you to ensure that you have the assistance you need. 

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