Celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 16-20

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Monday, April 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:00pm

Multiple locations

It’s that time of year again! Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2018 is the time to show Kent State University’s appreciation and support to graduate students. Graduate students can enjoy everything from free food and massages to engaging in the Graduate Student Symposium from April 16-20.

Kent State will celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 16-20.


Graduate Student Appreciation Week was started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students as a way to support and show appreciation for graduate students. Kent State’s Division of Graduate Studies will host its second annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week during the week of April 16-20. The week will culminate in the largest celebration of graduate student research at the annual Graduate Research Symposium hosted by Graduate Student Senate on April 19-20. This week offers the opportunity to celebrate the graduate student body for their contributions to the university and raise awareness of their teaching, research and service on campus.


Monday, April 16

Chill on the Hill

Noon-2 p.m., Cartwright Hall

Kick off Graduate Student Appreciation Week with a fun-filled afternoon on the hill. Enjoy free food, games and entertainment while celebrating your contributions to Kent State with your fellow graduate students, faculty and staff.


H1-B Visa Lecture

4 p.m., 133 Bowman Hall

The International Graduate Student Association is hosting a session about what international students need to know about the H1-B Visa presented by Kent State attorney Michael Pfahl.


Tuesday, April 17

Career and Coffee 

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Cartwright Hall

Looking for a new LinkedIn photo? Stop by Cartwright Hall for a free headshot – professional attire required – from noon-2 p.m. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.


Wednesday, April 18

De-Stress for Success

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Cartwright Hall

Take a break from work, studying and finals stress and relax with Graduate Studies. Stop by Cartwright Hall for a free professional chair massage and enjoy some healthy refreshments!


Thursday, April 19

Gear Up for Graduation

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Cartwright Hall

Stop by Cartwright Hall to enjoy some free food and receive an exclusive graduation pin. A representative from the Office of University Ceremonies will be available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to demonstrate the proper way to wear academic regalia and offer techniques that Ph.D. students can use when being hooded during the graduation ceremony in May.


Graduate Research Symposium

4-8 p.m., Kent Student Center

The 2018 Graduate Research Symposium, a campus-wide event showcasing graduate student research, will kick off on Thursday evening. 

Poster Sessions: 4:30-6 p.m.
Arts Exhibit and Artistic Performances: 6-8 p.m.


Friday, April 20

Graduate Research Symposium

Presentations from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Kent Student Center
Awards Ceremony at 12:30 p.m., Kent Student Center

End the week celebrating graduate student research at the 2018 Graduate Research Symposium.

Oral Session 1: 9-10:30 a.m.
Oral Session 2: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Awards Luncheon: 12:30 p.m.