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New Traditions

At JMU, we pride ourselves on “being the change” and we are excited to announce a series of events celebrating YOU!  Some of the events have occurred previously, some are new and all have been proposed and organized with input from the senior class. The Class of 2022 will be the first class to experience this new collection of congratulatory events leading up to commencement.

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“Here’s to you, Class of 2022” celebratory events:

Thursday, March 31st  - Dinner at E-Hall
5:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 14th - Senior Gala, Hall of Presidents (third floor, D-Hall)
6:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, April 22nd - Senior Candle Lighting and Toast, Festival Lawn 
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Rain location: Festival Lower Drum (lower level of Festival)

Thursday, April 28th - Senior Day Downtown
Registration: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 6th through Sunday, May 8th - Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, May 7th - Grad Bash, Bridgeforth Stadium 
5:30-8:00 p.m.
RSVP here!
Rain date: Wednesday, May 11th 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Monday, May 9th - Senior Picnic, Festival Lawn
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Rain location: Festival Lower Drum (lower level of Festival)

Dinner at E-Hall - Thursday, March 31st, 5:00-8:00 p.m., E-Hall

Come celebrate less than 50 days until commencement. Join your fellow seniors at E-Hall featuring all your dining hall favorites! FREE to the first 400 graduates. 

Graduates may start lining up at 4:30 p.m.

Event Sponsor: Senior Class, Aramark and JMU Alumni Association

Senior Gala - Thursday, April 14th, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Hall of Presidents

Enjoy a night of dancing, music and snacks with your closest senior friends. 

Registration is required to attend this event. 

Hall of Presidents is located on the third floor of D-Hall.

Event Sponsor: Senior Class, Aramark and University Events

Senior Candle Lighting and Toast - Friday, April 22nd, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Festival Lawn

Join the JMU Alumni Association on Festival Lawn to take part in JMU's oldest Madison Tradition, Senior Candle Lighting and Toast. During the event, members from the Class of 2022 will be officially inducted into the JMU Alumni Association during a brief candle lighting and pinning ceremony. Following the program, we will welcome the newest members of the Alumni family with a champagne toast. Walk-ups welcome, but FREE senior gift to the first 400 to register. 

Must be 21+ and provide a photo ID to consume champagne.

Rain location: Festival Lower Drum (lower level of Festival)

Event Sponsor: JMU Alumni Association 

Senior Day Downtown - Thursday, April 28th, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Downtown Harrisonburg

Get special discounts at your favorite stores and shops located in Downtown Harrisonburg. 

You must stop by the registration table at court square to obtain a special armband to display while you shop and visit stores downtown.

Registration table open from 4:00-6:00 p.m., located in Court Square. 

Event Sponsor: Senior Class, partnership with Downtown Harrisonburg 

Scavenger Hunt - Friday, May 6th through Sunday, May 8th

Graduates can register with this link

Before the event, students will receive an email with instructions on how to download the app and find the hunt.

Prizes include:

Bookstore Giftcard

Stole of Gratitude

Klines giftcard

Shirley gift card

Dunkin merch

And more! 

Compete with your fellow dukes in challenges across campus for a chance to win prizes. Challenges will include trivia questions, visiting land marks, taking photos, and even your best duke dog impression! This event will be run through an app called scavify. Go ahead and register for the event to be added to the email list for more information! Happy Hunting!

Event Sponsor: Student Affairs

Grad Bash - Saturday, May 7th, 5:30-8:00 p.m., Bridgeforth Stadium

Come celebrate with your friends and fellow grads in Bridgeforth Stadium! Grad Bash includes a streamer toss, Class of 2022 photo on the field, games, celebratory remarks, food trucks, photo opportunities and more!


If you would like to see your photo on the videoboard, please submit it by clicking here. Note: photos should be high-resolution and appropriate for this event. Deadline to submit photos is May 1st. 

Graduates should plan to arrive between 5:30-6:00 p.m. Program will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. 

Graduates are encouraged to wear their JMU regalia (cap, gown, hood and tassel).

Tickets are required for this event. Bag checks and metal detection will be implemented. We encourage to leave unnecessary bags at home or in your car, if possible, to speed up the process of entering the stadium. You will be asked to by event/security personnel to unzip your gown as they scan for prohibited items. 

Parking for this event: Champions Deck, P lot, F lot or C5 lot.

Rain date: Wednesday, May 11th 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Event Sponsor: University Events, Student Affairs 


Senior Picnic - Monday, May 9th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Festival Lawn

Enjoy a catered dinner on Festival Lawn with your friends and learn about some ways you can stay connected with JMU as you transition to the next chapter of your Madison Experience. 

Representatives from the Office of Alumni Relations will be there to share info about regional and affinity alumni chapters. Additionally, now that you are almost an alum, pick-up an upside-down Alma Mater t-shirt from the JMU Alumni Association. 

Registration is required to attend the picnic. 

Rain location: Festival Drum

Event Sponsors: Senior Class, JMU Alumni Association and Student Affairs

Other Events

Women for Madison Event - "Kick Some Glass":

April 29, 2022 || 7:00 pm ET

Join Women for Madison, the Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship, the School of Strategic Leadership Studies, and Kick Some Glass co-author Jennifer Martineau to learn how to step up, step out, and lead a life that fully embraces your authentic self.

Whether you’re stuck in middle management, stalled in mid-career, or mulling over a major career change, sometimes the proverbial glass ceiling feels very real indeed—a barrier keeping women from fulfilling their potential.

Join us for this special event and register now!

Adulting After College:

Off-Campus Life is happy to host a series of conversations around topics pertinent to JMU students as they prepare to transition away from the University. We hope that these talks will help promote a successful transition for our students as they embark on new journeys. Our goal is to answer questions so that you feel better prepared to take the next steps toward achieving certain life goals after college. While these conversations target graduating seniors and recent graduates, they are open to all students with a desire to learn.

We are excited to offer these chats in-person and via Zoom for Spring 2022. Have questions or a suggestion for topics we cover in future conversations, please email or reach out to Alison Palmer at

To learn more about the seminars, click here. 

Duke Club Kickoff 2022:

The JMU Duke Club is excited to announce the launch of our annual “Graduation Kickoff” event to celebrate the Class of 2022! By joining our Duke Club Young Alumni program for just $30, members of the class of 2022 can take advantage of this exclusive on-field photo opportunity in their cap & gown with their name on the big screen in Bridgeforth Stadium. 

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Bridgeforth Stadium on Zane Showker Field. Students will be able to stop by the stadium at any point throughout this period to take their photo and will receive them via email following the event. Young Alumni members will also have this opportunity to pick up their exclusive 2022 membership gift, a JMU branded aluminum water bottle. 

The Duke Club Young Alumni program supports JMU student-athlete scholarships and provides Duke Club membership at a discounted rate for four years after graduation. The full list of benefits includes: 

-Exclusive Young Alumni program gift o JMU branded aluminum water bottle for 2022 
-Football and Basketball Gameday Parking Opportunities 
-Duke Club bonus priority points (3 points per membership year) 
-Invitations to special event(s) 

To become a member of the Duke Club Young Alumni Program, click here


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