The Circle of (College) Life: Seniors graduate, new freshmen get oriented

First of all, a belated—but no less heartfelt—congratulations to all of you whose Lancers graduated in May! I personally know what it’s like to have a child complete their college degree, and there aren’t many occasions that are happier. You have good reason to be proud.

For others of you, your son or daughter is just beginning their college journey. I hope Orientation went well for all of you. Most of all, I want to welcome you to the Longwood family—and to Parent Pipeline. My name is Sabrina Brown, and I work in the Office of Marketing, Communications and Engagement. I want the blog to be helpful and informative for parents, so please let me know if there are topics/issues/questions you’d like to have addressed. Feel free to email me at

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Finally, it’s time to start thinking about the fall semester. Here are some quick tips for getting your student off to a good start.


For students living on campus, move-in is just a few weeks away. Freshmen will move in Aug. 17-18; continuing students in main campus residence halls, Aug. 19-21; continuing students in apartments, Aug. 19-21; transfer and readmitted students, Aug. 18-21. Student-athletes, student employees, international students and students in the Cormier Honors College may have different move-in schedules. Members of these groups will who have an early move-in date will receive that information from their group leaders.

All other students who will be living in Longwood-managed housing in the coming year should have already received specific information about their individual move-in schedule and instructions via email. You can also find general information online from the Office of Residential and Commuter Life here.


Students can submit the information for their Lancer Card ID online—no later than Aug. 8—to have their cards included in their move-in packets.

Here are the steps for them to follow:
—Go to and sign in using their LancerNET ID and password.
—Upload their photo. Under Account Management, select Photo Upload and follow the steps, including the requirement to upload a photo of their government-issued ID (for example, their driver’s license) in addition to the photo your student wants to use on their Lancer Card.
—Pick up ID at move-in. Your student will receive a “photo approved” confirmation email immediately after completing the online process, which means their ID will be in their move-in packet when they arrive on campus. If they don’t receive a confirmation email right away at the address they provided, they should call the Lancer Card office at 434-395-2715.

Missed the Aug. 8 deadline? No worries. Your student can still submit their photo online and pick up their Lancer Card in the Lancer Card Center located in Eason Hall Room 204.

Parking Permit $25 Discount

Students can save $25 on the cost of a parking permit by ordering the permit online by Aug. 1. Any student who will have a car on campus needs to purchase a permit.

To order a permit, students should go to and sign in using their LancerNet ID and password. Click Order Permit and agree to the terms and conditions. Then follow the instructions on each page.

Permits ordered by Aug. 8 will be available during the check-in process during move-in. Permits ordered after Aug. 8 will be available for pick-up in the Parking Services Office located in Eason Hall Room 206.

—Sabrina Brown