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Helping families understand and support the student experience

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Orienting families to the University of Rochester

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Ensuring our parent community feels informed, valued, and respected

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Important Dates

  • Last Day of ClassesApril 30
  • Final ExamsMay 5–May 11
  • Commencement WeekendMay 17–May 19


May 2024

During the 2024 spring semester, on what topic regarding your student did you personally contact the University of Rochester?

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Future Commencement Dates

  • May 17 - 19, 2024

We are looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the class of 2024 with parents and families! Find the most up to date information here Commencement 2024

  •  May 16 - 18, 2025
Family Traditions

Celebrate and Connect!

Family Traditions

Family Traditions is an initiative of Parent and Family Relations with the goal of engaging the families of our students by providing a platform to share and celebrate unique stories, experiences, and traditions.

About the project


Students come from all 50 states and more than 130 countries. Most undergrads live on campus for all four years of their college experience.

Suggested Readings

51 Tips for Parents of College Students by Alan Farber and Linda O'Brien

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Getting Ready for College; Everything You Need to Know Before You Go - From Bike Locks to Laundry Baskets, Financial Aid to Health Care by Polly Berent.

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Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger.

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Don't Tell Me what to Do, Just Send Money by Helen Johnson and Christine Schelhaus-Miller.

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You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage.

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Empty Nest...Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by Andrea Van Steenhouse.

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Getting Through College Without Going Broke: A Crash Course on Finding Money for College and Making it Last by Students Helping Students.

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UR Acronyms & Abbreviations

At the University of Rochester names of departments, offices, programs, and more are commonly referenced by an acronym or abbreviation, rather than their full name. We recognize that this might pose confusion for parents, families, new students, or other individuals not familiar with the University. View a list of our most commonly used acronyms and abbreviations with links to respective web pages for more information.

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Dear Family


Every year, graduating seniors submit messages to their families to show appreciation for their support over their journey at the University. View the collections of previous notes from seniors to their families.

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Do you have thoughts on ways we can improve our communication with you? Please let us know.
Parent and Family Relations is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students.