Fall 2018 Orientation Schedule

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2018 Orientation Week Schedule

Many graduate departments also hold their own orientations, please check with your graduate coordinator for additional information.   

Monday, August 13, 2018

 8:15 am

Mandatory for International Students
Hosted by Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)
Herzstein Auditorium (Building 4 on Campus Map) and Keck Hall (Building 8 on Campus Map)


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

 8:15 am

Mandatory for International Students
Hosted by the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) 
Herzstein Auditorium (Building 4 on Campus Map) and Keck Hall (Building 8 on Campus Map)

5:30 pm

Meet at Valhalla to Walk to President's BBQ
Outside Keck 100
Building 8 on Campus Map

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

President's BBQ for New Graduate Students
Wiess President's House
Building 58 on Campus Map

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Graduate Orientation

Hosted by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Graduate Student Association


 8:00 am – 8:45 am 


 8:45 am  9:00 am
Social Hour
Lobby, Alice Pratt Brown building
Building 44 on Campus Map 

      • Coffee/tea and a light breakfast snack will be available.  No food or drink is allowed in the concert hall, please arrive early to finish your breakfast snack before 8:45 am.

      •  Registration 

 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Mandatory General Graduate Student* Orientation**
Stude Concert Hall, Alice Pratt Brown building 
Building 44 on Campus Map

 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Break Out Sessions and Lunch
(lunch will be provided)
 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Panels 
running concurrently in the Rice Memorial Center 

 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Refeshments & Socializing
Two Locations: 
Farnsworth Pavilion, inside Rice Memorial Center (Building 21 on Campus Map)
Graduate Student Commons & Valhalla (west of Keck Hall, Building 8 on Campus Map) 

 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Campus Scavenger Hunt
(various locations across campus)

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

GSA Activities Fair
Graduate Student Commons, east side of Keck Hall
Rain Location: Rice Memorial Center 

 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

GSA Cookout at Valhalla for New Graduate Students
Graduate Student Commonswest side of Keck Hall
Building 8 on Campus Map 
Rain Location: Rice Memorial Center 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

 9:00 am – 11:30 am


Lab Safety Training***
Keck Hall 100 
Building 8 on Campus Map 
* New Master of Business Administration and Master of Liberal Studies are not required to attend the General Graduate Student Orientation; please check with your program coordinator for additional information.  All PhD and DMA students, thesis and non-thesis master's, and non-MBA professional master's students are required to attend. 
** Students fall stipends begin on the first day of classes.  Students who attend orientation will also be paid a stipend for the week of orientation.  

*** With the exception only of students in the Departments of Computional and Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics, all students in Natural Science and Engineering and any other student who works in a laboratory is required to attend lab safety training.  Professional Masters students and those in computational or theoretical fields are NOT exempt from lab safety training, with the exception only of students that do not work in a laboratory in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and the Schools of Music, Architecture, Social Sciences, Continuing Studies, and Humanities.  Any student who misses the initial training session will be obliged to attend make-up training if they miss the August 16 session.