Information and university news for Elon families.
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Elon phoenix families Winter 2020
In August 2019, President Book announced that Elon had adopted Act-Belong-Commit (ABC) as a framework to promote a culture of holistic well-being and positive mental health, following a recommendation from the Student Wellness and Well-Being Workgroup. ABC, which was developed in Western Australia more than a decade ago and has since been implemented in countries around the world, helps to foster mentally healthy communities through three simple tenets:

  • Act (do something): engage in activities that keep you mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy

  • Belong (do something with someone): develop a strong support network by joining (just a couple) clubs, organizations, or cohorts that you can become deeply engaged with

  • Commit (do something that matters): do things that help you develop a sense of meaning and purpose, and inspire you to contribute to the health of your community.

Act-Belong-Commit provides an easy-to-understand framework to help students engage in meaningful activities that keep them mentally healthy and set them up for success in and out of the classroom while developing behaviors that will benefit them throughout their lives. More information about ABC and how it is being implemented on campus can be found on the ABC website. You can also contact Dr. Caroline Ketcham, chair and professor of exercise science, or Larry Mellinger, director of campus recreation and wellness, with any questions or comments.

Residence Life
The selection process for students to choose their Fall 2020 on-campus housing begins soon. Housing reservation fees and agreements need to be paid and completed by Feb. 14.

Night of the Phoenix
The 13th annual Night of the Phoenix, presented by Samet Corporation, will be held in Schar Center on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Over the past 12 years, the Night of the Phoenix has raised over $1.5 million in scholarship support for Elon student-athletes. The evening will include a cocktail reception with live music by The Magnificents, dinner and will conclude with a celebration of Elon University student-athletes.

Click here to register!

If you are not able to attend the live event, you can always join in on the fun by shopping the online silent auction that will feature over 300 items ranging from vacations, concert tickets, sport experiences, Elon memorabilia and much more! All proceeds directly support Elon student-athlete scholarships. More details on how to register for the online auction to come.

Spring Break Airport Shuttle Information
Shuttle service is provided to Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO-PTI) and the Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU) for Elon's Spring Break. Please schedule your shuttle trip departure at least two and a half hours prior to your flight departure. Shuttle information for Spring Break are listed below:

March 13 - 8 a.m., 12 p.m. & 4 p.m
March 22 - 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Students must sign up at least fourteen days before the first departure of each break to be guaranteed a seat. Visit the Moseley Center website for more information.

Commencement 2020: May 22
Elon University’s 130th Commencement Exercises will be Friday, May 22, 2020. The day will begin with the 8:45 a.m. ceremony on Scott Plaza that includes an academic processional, the Commencement address, and the President’s charge to the Class of 2020. Elon parent Leonard Dick P’20, an Emmy-Award winning television writer and producer will deliver the commencement address. Read more here.

The Scott Plaza ceremony will be followed by two separate diploma-awarding ceremonies, both held in Schar Center:

  • Diploma ceremony for graduates of The Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and the School of Communications will begin at 11:30 a.m.

  • Diploma ceremony for graduates of Elon College, the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education will be at 3:30 p.m.

  • Diploma ceremonies are approximately two hours.


Graduation Fair is Tuesday-Wednesday, February 25 & 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seniors who have applied for graduation and intend to participate in Commencement exercises can pick up their maroon bachelor’s robe at the fair. Barnes & Noble is a one-stop-shop for many items including announcements, diploma frames, class rings and Elon commemorative merchandise. Seniors wishing to have a graduation portrait taken for Phi Psi Cli, the Elon University yearbook, can do so at Grad Fair or dates in April.

In March, instructions will be emailed to participating seniors to reserve guest tickets to their diploma ceremony. There is no charge for guest tickets to diploma ceremonies (with a maximum of six). The outdoor ceremony on Scott Plaza is not ticketed for guests and the university community.

For more information about Commencement events and guest services, please visit the Commencement website. Check back throughout the spring for updates and additional information.

The Census
A pillar of Elon’s mission is to prepare civically engaged graduates who are connected to their communities and neighbors, and who are invested in the democratic process. Beginning in mid-March, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin communicating with households about the importance of Census 2020 and how to participate in the count this year. For those students living in university-owned housing, the university will use approved administrative records to help ensure all on-campus students are counted. Those students living off-campus will receive notifications from the U.S. Census Bureau by mail about how to participate in the count and we are encouraging students to keep an eye out for those communications. For more information visit:
Campus Safety Resources
With the start of a new semester, it is helpful to be reminded of the on-campus safety resources for you and your student.
Elon Dining
Welcome back for another semester with Elon Dining! We have been hard at work developing a number of new programs to introduce this Spring, including new menus and dishes at our restaurants across campus, brand new plant-based and allergen-sensitive menus and a comprehensive new beverage program at Clohan Hall centered on wellness and sustainability. You can read about this new beverage program here:

We also have new Meal Plan Promotions for Spring 2020! You can view our promotions here:
The Inn at Elon
The Inn at Elon is officially open, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family to Elon University’s new on-campus boutique hotel soon. It features 80 guest rooms and suites, a full-service restaurant and lounge, a fitness room and multipurpose event facilities to support a wide range of special occasions, including meetings and conferences, weddings and receptions and other gatherings. The Inn at Elon also includes an outdoor gathering space and courtyard along with dedicated parking. All amenities are open to the public year-round, and all Inn profits are devoted to student scholarships. You can dine and stay with a purpose! For more information and to make reservations, visit
Family Weekend: Oct. 23-25, 2020
Family Weekend 2020 will be held on Oct. 23-25. It will be a great late-fall atmosphere that combines gameday activities with the opportunity to hear an update from President Connie Ledoux Book, meet with faculty members and enjoy other fun events, such as performances by Elon’s great a cappella groups. The full schedule of events will be announced this summer and posted on this website. We recommend arriving late Thursday or first thing Friday and departing after noon on Sunday. For more information, visit the Family Weekend website.
Upcoming Events

See the 2019-20 academic calendar, the Elon Athletics schedule and the university's cultural calendar for upcoming event dates. You can also see a full listing of on-campus events on the new Today at Elon website. Below, we've highlighted Elon events that may be of interest to you and your student.

Night of the Phoenix: Feb. 21

Senior Grad Fair: Feb. 25-26

Act-Belong-Commit Phoenix Families Live: Feb. 26

Elon Day: March 5

Last day to reserve Spring Break shuttle: March 3

Spring Break housing request due: March 11

Spring Break: March 14 - 22

The Baird Lecture with Jimmy Wales: April 7

Fall 2020 class registration begins: April 14

End of year break housing request due: May 11

Last day to reserve Summer Break shuttle: May 7

Final Exams: May 14 - 19

Commencement: May 22

Elon Summer I Classes Begin: May 28

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