Kent State Celebrates Graduate Student Appreciation Week
By Erin Zaranec
The Division of Graduate Studies at Kent State University is hosting Graduate Student Appreciation Week on April 17-21, celebrating the university’s more than 6,000 graduate students.
Created in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students, the week emphasizes the contributions, impact and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States.
The week will kick off with a “Chill on the Hill” event on Monday, April 17, from noon-2 p.m. The event will feature free food, games and entertainment on the hill in front of Cartwright Hall.
“We encourage all graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators to attend this lunch and respectfully request that all graduate assistants be permitted to attend (without having to make up time) as we are celebrating their contributions to the university,” says Melody Tankersley, senior associate provost and dean of graduate studies.
The Division of Graduate Studies encouraged all colleges and departments to participate in the celebration by distributing informational materials and pins to administration across the campus system.
“These students work so hard and contribute so much to this university, so it is important that we celebrate the impact they have on our campus,” Tankersley says.
All Graduate Student Appreciation Week events will be hosted on the Kent Campus. Other events include a Career and Coffee event, a De-stress for Success chair massage and a Gear Up for Graduation celebration. The week will conclude with a 2017 Graduate Research Symposium showcasing graduate student research.