Graduate School News

Graduate Student Orientation

August 18, 2011

More than 800 new graduate students attended Graduate Student Orientation on Aug. 18, and Graduate School staff members were on hand to answer their questions – from registration in the morning to a reception late that afternoon.

The Graduate School's planning begins months before the annual event to ensure that new students will be introduced to all campus resources, policies and other information they will need to succeed at Carolina.

“Orientation is our welcome event for all new graduate students,” said Leslie Lerea, associate dean for student affairs at The Graduate School and the event's principal planner. “Among our goals is to convey how excited we are to have them now part of our Graduate School community and how we value what each of them brings to our campus and state.”

The full day of 2011 orientation activities included remarks by Graduate School and other University officials; “life at UNC” sessions, led by members of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation; a student services fair featuring more than 30 campus and community organizations; and a reception to conclude the day's activities. The registration breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception allowed time for students to learn more about each other and their degree programs.

New graduate students listen to a speaker at the August 18, 2011 orientation event

Lerea said the event also introduces new graduate students to Carolina's collaborative environment, as they see dozens of University and graduate student leaders working together to provide their time and expertise on their behalf.

“We want each graduate student to know that the University community is invested in their success and will work with them as needed to help them achieve their goals while they are here,” Lerea said. “We also want them to start making valuable connections among themselves. I think it is also particularly meaningful for them to see the enthusiasm from fellow graduate students who interact with them at this major event.”

Schedule of events from the Aug. 18 event

2011 Orientation Photos