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Where do we begin? We're so happy to have you as a part of our JMU Family! As JMU welcomes your Dukes, the university extends the same warm invitation to you as parents and families. You, too, are a part of Madison. You, as well as students, the faculty and staff, and alumni, together, enrich your student's total Madison Experience. Each June, first-year families will receive a printed Madison Family Handbook in the mail. This handbook contains valuable information with which you can support your student as well as the resources and contacts that you may need throughout his or her time here on campus. You'll also begin to receive a monthly e-newsletter written especially for you!

First things first. The Academic Calendar will help you plan your schedule around your student's breaks and keep you up in the loop. You can also explore more resources for both you and your student here. Get connected with the official JMU Parents & Family Facebook page where you can stay up-to-date with important information.

First-Year Send Offs. Each July/August, First-Year Send Offs are held in various locations along the East Coast. Before you embark on the most wonderful experience of your life, come join the excitement as we congratulate and welcome our newest Dukes! Talk with parents, alumni, JMU staff and fellow classmates from your area. More information »

Family Weekend. Family Weekend occurs each fall. Thousands of JMU family members will attend to catch a glimpse of campus life and enjoy numerous activities throughout the weekend. If you plan to attend, it is best to book accommodations as early as possible. More information »

Sibs & Kids Day. Sibs & Kids Day is held each spring. Sibs and Kids Day is an opportunity for JMU students to invite their 12 to 17-year-old sibling(s) to campus and show them what it’s like to be a Duke. Dining vouchers, a scavenger hunt, free t-shirts and a variety of activities are included in this awesome experience for future Dukes. More information »

Enjoy the journey! This is an exciting time for your entire family. If you need any assistance, advice, or are looking for a little support, JMU's Office of Parent Relations is here for you.

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