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Parent & Family Orientation is Sunday Sept 6th through Tuesday Sept 8th.

Online registration for orientation is closed, but you can still register to attend. Please go to Gates Field House and check in at Parents Registration. There will be a table set up to register family members for Parent & Family Orientation sessions. The cost is $25 per person, cash or check. You will receive a schedule of events when you arrive, but you can view the parent schedule here.

Transitioning into college is one of the most exciting times of your student's life. It can be both thrilling and challenging. We are here to help you become familiar with DU, answer your questions, and preview what you can expect for your student's first year at DU. 

During Parent and Family Orientation you will:

  • Explore the DU Campus
  • Learn about academic policies and requirements
  • Learn about the many resources available to support your student's academic, physical, and emotional health
  • Connect with other DU families

Some of our Parent & Family Presentations:

Navigating Your Discoveries Orientation Experience
Sunday, Sept 6
Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall

Partnering on Your Student's DU Experience
Monday, Sept 7
Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center
(2 presentations) 9:15am and 10:45am

Pioneering Your Academic Adventure
Monday, Sept 7
Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center

Academic Development, Resources, and Support Services
Monday, Sept 7
Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center



February: parents Weekend

Parents Weekend provides an opportunity for families to spend time with their student while becoming more familiar with the University and enjoying the Rocky Mountain state.

Our next Parents Weekend will be February 12 - 14, 2016. Events will include Pioneer Men's Hockey, Pre-game Raffle, Denver Bus Tours, Campus Tours, Canvas and Mocktails, and more!

Schedule and registration information will be posted here in December. Members of the Parents Association have the opportunity to register a week early. More info about the Parents Association can be found here. Not sure if you're already a member, email us to find out.

June: Commencement

Congratulations to the parents and families of graduating students! For details about commencement activities, instructions for students, merchandise, and more, please visit the DU commencement webpage.

JUNE - July - August: Summer Send-off events

Summer Send-Offs are a chance for new families to meet DU staff, for students to make friends before moving to DU, and for parents to get information about making the trip to Denver for orientation in the fall. If you are interested in hosting a Summer Sendoff in your home, please email

October: Homecoming & Family Weekend

Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of DU are invited to reconnect and celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend in October. Plan to join us for Parent and Family Information Sessions, Taste of DU, and much more. The schedule of events and registration is now available on