Thursday, June 2, 2022  (for summer start students)

 8:30 am to noon 

Thursday, August 18, 2022  (for fall start students)   

8:30 am to noon  

The orientations take place in "The Union", 5th floor Ballroom.  

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 orientation.  -available soon


June 2 and August 18 Location -  The Union Ballroom, 5th Floor

New Graduate Student Orientation Anticipated Agenda  (agenda is subject to change.)

8:30 am                        Registration 

9:00-9:10am                Welcome  - Dean of The Graduate School

9:10 – 9:45 am            Session 1:  Making the Transition

                                     - Masters Students (Madison Union Ballroom) 
                                     - Doctoral Students (TBA) 

9:45 – 10:20 am          Session 2: Learning Strategies/ Time Management 
                                    – Learning Strategies Instruction

10:20 – 10:25 am          Break

10:25 – 11:00 am        Session 3: Personal Wellness  - tba

11:00- 11:35 am          Session 4:  Financial Considerations as a Graduate Student
 Financial Aid 

11:35 - 11:40 am           Break 

11:40am – 12:00pm    Session 5: Graduate Student Life presentation - Graduate Student Association


 12:00 -                         Lunch Groups at D-Hall (a meal ticket will be provided to those who register)

 Post- lunch                  Optional Self-Guided tours - visit the Student Success Center (SSC),
                                      University Recreation Center (UREC), Forbes Center, Libraries:
                                      both East Campus (Rose) and West Campus (Carrier), and academic buildings.


1:30-3:30                     International Graduate Student Orientation – 4th Floor Madison Hall 
                                     This session is mandatory for international students.  Topics covered include: 
                                     Immigration policies |Obtaining a social security number | Health Insurance 



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 ( 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 ( 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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