Graduate School Welcomes New Students During New Graduate Student Orientation
The Graduate School welcomed approximately 1800 new students to campus in its annual new graduate student orientation, held August 22. Beginning with warm welcomes from University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and Jeffrey Franke, interim dean of the Graduate School, the new students received an introduction to the University of Maryland, the Graduate School, and all the benefits of a graduate education from the University of Maryland.
New students learned about the benefits they have as a UMD student through the university’s membership in the Big 10 Academic Alliance and Universitas 21, as well as the many services offered by the Graduate School to equip them to successfully complete their degree and launch their desired career. The students also heard from Graduate Student Government president Stephanie Cork, and a panel of faculty who explained what the students could expect from their academic experience. The program ended with an inspiring charge from alumnus and Towson University professor, Dr. John Bullock (Government and Politics, ’09).
In addition, the Graduate School also held its second annual orientation for spouses and partners of new doctoral students. This event allowed spouses and partners of new doctoral students to connect with the growing network of doctoral student families at UMD, and learn about services and activities they can access at the university.
The new students finished their day with a cookout on McKeldin Mall, joined by Graduate School staff and the university’s beloved mascot, Testudo.