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February: Parent & Family Weekend

Parent & Family Weekend is planned for the month of February. Events are designed to have activities you and your student can enjoy together, such as tours of major Denver attractions, fun historic bus tours in the city, Hockey games at Magness Arena, tours of the bell tower, and family meet-and-greet events.

We also provide suggestions for many other things to do in the Denver area and on campus. See our suggestions for Popular Denver Attractions, On Campus Events, and Local Restaurants you can visit next time you're here.

See a copy of the 2017 scheduled activities for Parent & Family Weekend to get an idea of what we did last time. This event changes every year so check back in November to see what we have in store for our February 2018 event.


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 website 


September: Orientation

Transitioning into college is one of the most exciting times of your student's life. It can be both thrilling and challenging. During Parent and Family Orientation, several presentations and resources are available to help families learn about academic policies and requirements, and how to support their student's academic, physical, and emotional health. Here are some of the presentations that took place during previous years:

Holistic Learning: Your Student's Cultural and Intercultural Experience

Holistic Student Development: Facilitating Student Success

Navigating Orientation and an Introduction to the Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence


October: Homecoming

Parents and families, alumni, current students, and DU community members are invited to connect and celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend in October. Our University partners are working hard to develop the exact dates for this event. We will post that information here as well as in our newsletter and sending email messages.

To give you an idea of what to expect during this event, Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017 included Hockey, Pio-Palooza, Taste of DU, and a Parent Panel on Studying Abroad. A full schedule of events will be published after fall move-in.

Information and contact info for questions about this event can be found at