Fall Graduate Orientation 2017

Fall Graduate Orientation 2017

By Laura Elena Lopez Ramos

Fall Graduate Orientation 2017

By Laura Elena Lopez Ramos
The Start of the Graduate Experience for hundreds of New Students
The Graduate School hosted its inaugural event for newly enrolled graduate students, Fall Graduate Orientation, this past Sunday, August 20th, 2017.  Over 200 new students gathered at the Fieldhouse, where the Dean of the Graduate School, Guillermo “Willy” Prado, welcomed them to the first step of their graduate experience at the University of Miami.

Director of Education, Tiffany Plantan, led the agenda, which gave students an overview of the services and support offered by the Graduate School, and an exclusive seek peak at the new video series “Come to the U” featuring current students sharing their stories on why they chose the University of Miami for graduate studies (stay tuned for the world premiere!).

Students also acquired valuable information on: Research Ethics, the Honor Code, the Student Affairs Office, GAFAC, the Libraries’ services, the Office of Disability Services and Academic Resource Center, the Toppel Career Center, Graduate Writing Resources, Parking, Health and Benefits information, and the Wellness Center. Sebastian, the Ibis, also attended the event to take pictures with students and help select the lucky winner of the iPad raffle.

The agenda concluded with a small info session by the Executive Board of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), where they encouraged students to become active members of the University of Miami Community through the GSA and inviting them to GradFest, next Thursday August 24th, 2017.

After orientation, students headed to the Watsco Center for the President’s New Student Celebration. The students enjoyed a game area with classics such as hacky sack and twister, a live DJ, and delicious food stations with everything from Greek and Mexican inspired cuisine, to the traditional hot dog, hamburgers and ice cream. 

Welcome new students!

Click here to view the event’s photo album.