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First-Year Send Offs

Each summer, JMU Parents Council and the Office of Family Engagement team up to host First-Year Send Offs. These events provide a great opportunity for new students and their parents/guardians to meet fellow Duke Families in their geographic area and ask any last-minute questions prior to move-in. Each event is approximately two hours consisting of a meal, a program, Q&A opportunities and a bag full of JMU goodies. 

The JMU student may attend at no charge. Guests are $14/person regardless of age. 

Register for a First-Year Send Off

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2024 First-Year Send Off Schedule

Fairfax County, VA
Thurs., July 11 • 7:00 PM
Stacy Sherwood Community Center
Fairfax, VA
RSVP Deadline: July 7

Hampton Roads, VA
Sat., July 20 • 4:00 PM
Norfolk Academy
Norfolk, VA
RSVP Deadline: July 13

Loudoun County, VA
Sun., July 14 • 4:00 PM
Cascades Overlook Event Center
Sterling, VA
RSVP Deadline: July 7

Wed., July 24 • 6:00 PM
Sheraton Baltimore North
Towson, MD
RSVP Deadline: July 14

New England
Sat., July 13 • 12:00 PM
Wellsworth Hotel
Southbridge, MA
RSVP Deadline: July 3 (8:00am)

New Jersey
Sun., July 21 • 1:00 PM
Delta Hotels by Marriott
Somerset, NJ
RSVP Deadline: July 11 

New York
Sat., July 27 • 12:00 PM
Centerport Yacht Club
Centerport, NY
RSVP Deadline: July 17 

Peninsula Area, VA
Sat., Aug. 3 • 4:00 PM
Marlbank Farms Clubhouse
Yorktown, VA
RSVP Deadline: July 27

Pennsylvania – Central
Sat., July 27 • 12:00 PM
Christ Comm. Church Auditorium – Main Bldg.
Camp Hill, PA
RSVP Deadline: July 17

Pennsylvania - East
Sat., July 20 • 12:30 PM
The Ballroom at Bethel
Garnet Valley, PA
RSVP Deadline: July 10

Richmond, VA North
Thu., Aug. 8 • 6:30 PM
Dominion Club
Glen Allen, VA
RSVP Deadline: Aug. 1 

Richmond, VA South
Wed., July 24 • 6:30 PM
Midlothian High School
Midlothian, VA
RSVP Deadline: July 17

Roanoke, VA
Wed., July 31 • 6:00 PM (event is free)
Space is limited, to accommodate the most new students, we request that only new students and parents/guardians attend.
Roanoke Higher Education Center
Roanoke, VA
RSVP Deadline: (closed-at capacity)

Winchester, VA
Sat., Aug. 3 • 12:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
Winchester, VA
RSVP Deadline: July 27

Q&A Parent Panels via Livestream
Thurs., July 25, 6-7 PM
Thurs., Aug. 1, 6-7 PM
Tues., Aug. 6, 6-7 PM
Registration is required.


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