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Graduate Student Orientation 2018


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Graduate Student Orientation 2018

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Graduate Student Registration (Limit 1) Sep 25, 2018 Free  

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Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Over 1,500 incoming students from across the university will join together for a day full of grad-specific information, resources, and fun. The day will include a procession from the Main Quad to Rockefeller Chapel, a Welcome Convocation in Rockefeller Chapel featuring remarks from distinguished speakers, lunch on the Midway, an Information Fair in Ida Noyes Hall, and a graduate student social. Hosted by UChicagoGRAD.

UChicagoGRAD is a one-stop shop committed to ensuring that students and postdocs have the skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in academia,industry, nonprofits, and government. Learn more about UChicagoGRAD's services here.

*Due to space limitations, we ask that only incoming students attend*

Graduate Student Orientation Program 2018

  • Opening Procession (11:30AM): incoming graduate students meet on Main Quad for bagpipe procession to Rockefeller Chapel 
  • Welcome Convocation (Noon): 2018 graduate cohort welcomed and celebrated in Rockefeller ChapelLunch (1:00-2:00PM): tented picnic, music, and mingling on the Midway Plaisance
    • Featured speakers include: President Robert J. Zimmer, Vice Provost Daniel Abebe, Biological Sciences Professor Erin Adams, UChicagoGRAD Executive Director Brooke Noonan, and Graduate Council Co-President Ryan Duncombe
  • Information Fair (1:00-3:30PM): representatives from 50+ campus offices gather to showcase resources and answer questions in Ida Noyes Hall
  • Graduate Student Social (3:00-5:00PM): toast to the year ahead with fellow grad students on the Midway

Offices Participating in the 2018 Information Fair 

If you have questions or are in need of special accommodations, please contact Kalee Schelkopf at UChicagoGRAD.



GRAD Resources Lunch and Learn for Incoming Students

Friday, September 28Noon-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

REGISTRATION REQUIRED via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events > Search and RSVP)

Lunch will be served

  • Health Promotion and Wellness

Health Promotion and Wellness’ mission is to enhance the environment and community at the University of Chicago to promote lifelong healthy behaviors and to empower individual students to improve their quality of life and reach their highest potential. We offer programs, trainings and events that support the seven facets of wellness and we regularly assess the needs of our students to guide our department’s initiatives.

  • Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support

The Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support leads primary responsibility for managing the day-to-day functions associated with the University’s Title IX obligations related to students by offering support/resources, interim measures, and information related to formal and administrative processes. The Office also leads, in coordination with campus partners, the efforts on training and prevention of sexual misconduct, including the RSVP Programming Center.

  • Student Counseling Service

The Student Counseling Service (SCS) helps University of Chicago students reach their potential. SCS is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and administrators who are committed to providing easily accessed, high quality mental health services to students. SCS is also committed to active engagement with the campus community, providing education, outreach, and consultation to a wide range of campus partners. Services offered include: individual, couples, and group therapy; psychiatric evaluation and treatment; consultation; and referral. All services are confidential. 

  • Student Health Service

The Student Health Service staff helps students with urgent health care needs and provides routine medical services. A sports medicine physician works with a certified athletic trainer to provide comprehensive care for musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries. We also have providers who specialize in caring for women. There is confidential, evidence-based testing for sexually transmitted infections. We offer immunizations and allergy injections as well as travel visits. 

  • UChicago Help

UChicago Help is a collaborative program within Campus and Student Life made up of a robust set of systems and practices that support and care for our students. The University respects each student’s independence and at the same time, provides resources that can help students navigate academic and personal difficulties. UChicago Help ensures university community members can connect students needing help with assistance in a timely manner. Resources are available 24/7 via the Dean-on-Call and the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call Programs. Additionally, students who experience bias incidents can work with the Bias Education & Support Team (BEST). More information about UChicago Help can be found at


Hearing One Another for Incoming Students

Friday, September 28, 2-4pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

REGISTRATION REQUIRED via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events > Search and RSVP)


Hearing One Another is a Second Science Project workshop. Through innovative and interactive learning, it provides an opportunity for participants to better appreciate the richness of one another’s identities and to start developing conversation habits that can promote more meaningful interactions and a stronger sense of belonging. Hearing One Another highlights how understanding can be practiced as a skill, with many benefits for the climate in our community. Second Science Project workshops, formulated by Booth researchers and Second City improvisers, help participants access their ability to improvise and translate insights from behavioral science into action. Grounded in over a century of behavioral science and The Second City’s renowned “Yes, And” philosophy, each workshop uses enriched improvisational exercises to help participants identify, analyze, and better adapt their individual approaches to the interpersonal demands of their work.


Have questions about Graduate Student Orientation 2018? Contact UChicagoGRAD

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UChicago Main Quad
5811 E. 58th St
Chicago, IL 60637

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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UChicagoGRAD is a one-stop shop of integrated services to help graduate students and postdocs navigate their academic and professional careers. UChicagoGRAD programs provide flexible training that complements support in academic units. 


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