2023 Graduate Student Appreciation Week

2023 Graduate Student Appreciation Week

The Office of Graduate Studies will host a series of activities April 3-7, 2023 to acknowledge and celebrate graduate students.

To express appreciation for graduate students and their contributions to Washington University, the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) will host a Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 3-7. This series of activities will coincide with National Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week, established by the NAGPS in 1993.

During Graduate Student Appreciation Week, students will be able to socialize and unwind with A&S leadership, campus partners, and — most importantly — puppies!

“Graduate students contribute so much to the research and creative practice taking place at the university,” said Sophia E. Hayes, vice dean of graduate education. "While our team in OGS tries to find ways, large and small, to celebrate our graduate students every day, this is a dedicated opportunity for us to express Arts & Science’s gratitude with a week-long celebration.”

Arts & Sciences graduate students can attend as many activities throughout the week as their schedules allow. Please note that some events require an RSVP.

Kick-off Grad Week

Monday, April 3
12 - 2pm
In front of Cupples II Hall

Join us for the kick-off of Graduate Student Appreciation Week! Listen to an appreciative speech by Dean Hu while enjoying Ampersand pretzels, cupcakes, and more. The first 100 students to arrive will get a coffee voucher.

GradWell Appreciation Picnic

Tuesday, April 4
4 - 6 pm
McMillan Courtyard

Enjoy a picnic with your fellow students. Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban food will be provided by Mayo Ketchup cuisine. Campus partners such as WashU Cares; the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life; GPC; and the Habif Health and Wellness Center will be present.

Gentle Stretch and Sound Bath

Wednesday, April 5
12 - 1 pm
Olympic Studio

This restorative mindfulness session will guide you through gentle stretches and invite you to rest mindfully while listening to sound bowls. Join us as we relax and experience an energetic reset.

Donuts with the Vice Dean

Thursday, April 6
8:30 - 9:15 am
Cupples II, Suite 204

Have coffee and donuts with Andy Wiegert, director of graduate student affairs, and Sophia E. Hayes, vice dean of graduate education. There is no agenda nor formal topics. This is your opportunity to chat, hear, and be heard. Attendance is limited, so please RSVP.

Coffee and Coloring

Thursday, April 6
1:00 - 3 pm
Cupples II, Suite 204

De-stress at the Office of Graduate Studies with coffee and coloring! Color with your friends while enjoying coffee.

Puppies on Campus

Friday, April 7
12:00 - 2 pm
McMillan Courtyard

Join the OGS for a fun afternoon with puppies! Come de-stress with these cute furry friends and enjoy some fresh air.

Global Inclusion Tour: Travel to China

Friday, April 7
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tisch Commons

Explore China through food, activities, and performances! Every semester, we will have different countries for you to experience with your fellow students.