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New Graduate Student Orientation 


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Madison Union Ballroom 

There is no charge to attend the orientation, however we do ask that you register so that we have an accurate account of attendance for the meals. Please indicate in your registration if you have any specific dietary restrictions. 

Register for the orientation


8:45 - 9:30 am       Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:30 am       University Services Café


Card Services (JAC, dining)
Health Center
Counseling Center
Financial Aid
Learning Centers/Writing Center & Communication Center
Learning Strategies Instruction
Office of Disability Services
Graduate Student Association (GSA)
Honor Council
Libraries & Educational Technologies
Cohen Center/Grad Success

Posters:  Parking, Transportation/Bus System, Harrisonburg

9:30 - 9:45 am      Welcome by the Dean of The Graduate School
                             Dr. Jie Chen

9:45 - 10:15 am     Professional Development & Well-Being 
Dr. Terry Dean


10:25 -10:30 am     University Libraries

10:30-11:00 am      Time Management & Learning Strategies

11:00 -11:45 am     Graduate Student Life Panel/Discussion

Optional Tours with GSA Ambassadors

Location and Parking

Location - 

The Madison Union Ballroom is located on the 5th Floor of Warren Hall. - JMU Campus Map
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.  

Parking - 

The closest Commuter Student parking lot is C4* - Campus Parking Map  - Lot C5 or the Warsaw Avenue Parking Deck 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 the Parking Services office, located in the Champions Drive Parking Deck, to obtain your parking pass. 

Please contact The Graduate School ( 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.