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Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2023

April 3-7, 2023


Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week was established in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students  as a way to support and appreciate graduate and professional students. The week seeks to emphasize the contributions, impact, and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States.


Graduate Appreciation Week will take place on April 3-7. The Graduate School along with our campus partners will be hosting a slew of events to recognize the many contributions and significant impact of its graduate and professional students. The following events will be held by The Graduate School:

  • Monday, April 3-Breakfast and Conversations with the Dean: 9-10 a.m. Alumni Hall Reading Room
    • Join Dean Christié-Mizell for donuts, coffee, and conversation.
  • Tuesday, April 4-Graduate Student Appreciation Baseball Game: 6 p.m. Hawkins Field
    • Join the Graduate School as we cheer on our Vandyboys against Western Kentucky. Stop by our table and you will receive a voucher for any free concession item. Note - vouchers are limited and for the following Graduate School programs: Ph.D., MA, MS, MLAS & MFA.
*All students must get their tickets ahead of time by logging into their student athletics account. Plan to arrive early as there are limited seats based on a first come first serve basis. For more information on how to retrieve your ticket, click here.*
  • Wednesday, April 5-Graduate School Career Closet: 12-4 p.m. Alumni Hall Reading Room
    • Shop for free for some interview-ready items donated by faculty and staff. Click here for more information on shopping the Career Closet.
  • Thursday, April 6-Graduate School Career Closet: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Alumni Hall Reading Room
    • Day 2. Shop for free for some interview-ready items donated by faculty and staff.
  • Thursday, April 6-Destress and Decompress: 4-6 p.m. Alumni Hall
    • Come out and relax with the Graduate School and GPAS for Destress and Decompress! This event will include, chair massages, therapy dogs, and more. 
  • Friday, April 7-Virtual Chair Yoga: 12-1 p.m. 
    • Join us for some light yoga moves to keep you moving throughout your day. Register here.

Events Around Campus

  • Career Center: Tuesday, April 4 - Photos & Food: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
  • Identity Centers: Tuesday, April 7 - Let's Chill with Padrino's Pop: 2 - 4 p.m. (Women's Center and K.C. Potter Center Patio)


For more information on any of these events, contact the Graduate School at