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April Parent E-Newsletter

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Parent and Family Connections

The Fall 2013 Family Weekend dates have been finalized. Join us Nov. 1-3, and come prepared for a weekend of fun and quality time with your student. We can’t wait to welcome you to campus!

If you are the parent or guardian of an incoming freshman or transfer student, please attend one of the following Summer Orientation dates:
• June 14
• June 28
• July 12
• July 22

Important Dates

April 30: Last day of classes
May 1: Reading Day
May 2 to 7: Final Exams
May 10: Baccalaureate Service
May 11: Commencement
May 17: Final Grades Due


Commencement 2013 is Coming

If your student is planning to participate in Commencement 2013 exercises, it is never too early to prepare.
• View the calendar for detailed information about weekend events.
• Check your student’s name on the Commencement Participation List (changes must be made by April 15).
• Purchase graduate regalia at the Liberty University Barnes & Noble Bookstore on campus.
You can also visit the Commencement website for answers to the most commonly asked questions. We look forward to seeing you May 10-11 on our beautiful Lynchburg, Va. campus.


Lynchburg Summer Storage

We will pick up and store your student’s belongings while they are home for the summer and deliver it in the fall for a nominal fee. Call (434) 426-3111 for details or visit  to reserve your pickup today!


The Career Center

The Liberty University Career Center is a valuable resource for career preparation. While they offer many services, including career assessment testing, counseling, résumé critique, and cover letter writing, The Washington Fellowship (TWF) remains a favorite.

TWF is a unique, semester-long internship program that allows Liberty students to gain professional experience while working in our nation’s capital.  If your student is interested in this exciting opportunity, they should schedule an appointment with the Washington D.C. recruiter to begin preparation.

In the past, students have obtained internships with companies and organizations, including the U.S. Senate, Fox News, NCIS, Concerned Women for America, National Geographic, the Heritage Foundation, and more.

No matter your student’s major, TWF offers a rewarding opportunity to enhance their academic experience and gain a competitive edge in the job market. Encourage your student to stop by the Career Center today to learn more.

For more information, visit or email  The Career Center is open Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m. in DeMoss Hall, Room 1007. We will gladly assist your student in finding an internship in our nation’s capital.


The Student Advocate Office

We have some great news! Our office has moved to DeMoss Hall, Room 2247 and we are now fully accessible to parents and students. As your student approaches the end of the semester, keep in mind the following important deadlines:

• Registration and Financial Check-In (FCI) opened on Monday, April 1.
• Please have your student check for holds on their ASIST account, fill out the FAFSA (if they have yet to do so), and complete FCI as soon as they are registered. 
• April 30 is the last day for a graduate student to withdraw from a class with a “W” for withdraw.
We do not recommend that students withdraw from any classes unless absolutely necessary as doing so can adversely affect their Financial Aid. If they have questions, please have them call our office at (434) 582-7200.


Technical Trades at Liberty University

As your student is registering for Fall 2013, remember that Liberty offers certification and licensure in several technical trades. Enrichment courses recognized by the National Center for Construction Education and Research are obtainable in plumbing, electrical, welding, HVAC, carpentry, and masonry.

Students may take trade courses as electives while pursuing their current degree or they can take the trade courses as a cognate in an interdisciplinary degree. These areas of study will provide the students with employment opportunities as well as financial savings when they are able to make their own home improvements.

We currently have engineering, business, religion, family and consumer sciences, psychology, and graphic design majors in the various trade classes. I encourage you to discuss these options with your student. For more information, visit


The Yearbook on Sale Now

Give your student the ultimate gift – the chance to relive their Liberty University memories whenever they want to with their own copy of the 2012-13 Selah yearbook.  They can experience Tim Tebow’s Convocation address, the amazing campus transformation, and other highlights from their time at Liberty. Preorder a copy for $25 before Sunday, May 12 for a chance to win an iPad Mini or a $100 Visa gift card.


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