Information and university news for Elon families.
Elon Parents
Elon phoenix families Winter 2018
Commencement 2018

Elon University’s 128th Commencement will be held on May 19, 2018. Elon’s Commencement website will be updated throughout the spring semester with a schedule of events, rain plan information and other notifications. All students must apply for graduation and meet with Senior Associate Registrar, Susan Patton. Members of the Class of 2018 can pick up their cap and gown during the Graduation Fair at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore (located on Williamson Avenue) on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Commencement merchandise including announcements, diploma frames, rings and more will be available. In addition, Stuart Jones Photography will take senior portraits for purchase.

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Student Involvement

Elon students are encouraged to explore opportunities outside of the classroom to supplement their learning and development inside the classroom. Through the Office of Student Involvement, students are exposed to the 250+ clubs and organizations that Elon offers. To learn more about involvement opportunities on campus, students are encouraged to attend the Spring Organization Fair on Feb. 8 from 4-6 p.m. (Moseley Student Center), visit PhoenixCONNECT, or meet with the CONNECTions Team (Moseley 120).


Campus Safety and Cold Weather Preparedness 

With the inclement weather this week, monitoring E-Net is the best way for parents and students to stay abreast of weather, weather related situations and the university’s response to these situations. The university and Elon Dining have plans and resources to shelter and feed students if the campus loses power. Check out the emergency procedures and encourage your student to sign up for the E-Alert System and Live Safe App.

Fraternity & Sorority Life - Recruitment Information

Following the end of Winter Term, spring recruitment will take place for Greek-lettered organizations. The Elon fraternity and sorority community consists of three governing councils, the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Association. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life supports these organizations and potential new members during the recruitment process. For more information about recruitment at Elon, click here.  

Housing Selection Process

The general selection process for students to choose their fall 2018 on-campus housing begins next month. Housing reservation fees and agreements need to be paid and completed by Feb. 19.

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Student Professional Development Center 

In Dec., seniors received an email from the Student Professional Development Center providing career planning advice about internships, full-time employment and graduate school. Please review the email with your student and encourage them to take advantage of these opportunities.

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Student Concerns

If you are concerned for a student’s health or well-being you may submit a student concerns report. This information may be used to help link a student with resources and/or respond if a student’s behavior is creating a situation that is concerning, disruptive or potentially unsafe for themselves or others. Please remember this reporting form is for non-emergency reporting only and responding staff members are not clinical counselors. If any person may be in danger, call 911 immediately. On Jan. 5, Elon University President Leo M. Lambert and President-elect Connie Ledoux Book issued a joint letter regarding student suicides to students, faculty, staff, parents and advisory boards and councils. Click here to read the full letter.

Elon Dining

Currently, the dining program boasts two full residential dining halls and ten retail locations that include local and national brands. The team works hard to make sure every student that passes through the doors has a fantastic dining experience. That means working with local vendors to add more locally sourced foods, providing additional variety to daily menus and preparing as many scratch-made meals as possible. Elon Dining also strives to offer special events to students, like themed meals, surprise pop-ups, local restaurant takeovers of dining halls and several food truck events each semester featuring local trucks.

Family Weekend 2018

Save the date for Family Weekend 2018, Sept. 28-30. More details, including registration information, will be released over the summer. Be sure to check the website often and follow Elon Parents on Facebook.

Upcoming Events

See the 2017-18 academic calendar, the Elon Athletics schedule and the university's cultural calendar for upcoming event dates. Below, we've highlighted Elon events that may be of interest to you and your student.


Last day to pay housing reservation fee and sign housing agreement - Feb. 19

Graduation Fair - Feb. 27-28

Spring Job Expo - March 8

Elon Day - March 13

Spring Break - March 16-26

(Break begins after classes on Mar. 16 and concludes at 8 a.m. on March 26)

Spring Convocation - April 5

Register for fall classes - April 10

Exams - May 10-15

Commencement - May 19

Family Weekend 2018 - Sept. 28-30


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