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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.

Parents Weekend will be February 12 - 14, 2016. Events will include Pioneer Hockey, Canvas and Mocktails, Valentine's Day Lunch, educational sessions and more!

Registration is closed for this event. We have plenty of room left at the Valentine's Day Lunch, Canvas & Mocktails, and the lectures. If you would like to attend the lunch or canvas painting activities, please visit our welcome table on Friday and Saturday (10am-5pm) to be added to the guest list.

Please note that the following activities have sold out; Tours of Sports Authority Field, Hockey for Feb 12 & 13, Tours of the carillon, and campus tours. 

The final draft of the event schedule can be found here

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

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 from Parent & Family Orientation:

Partnering on Your Student's DU Experience

Pioneering Your Academic Adventure

Academic Development, Resources, and Support Services

Financial Aid and Billing

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