Graduate Student Appreciation Week

KSU Loves Grad Students

Graduate Student Appreciation Week was started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate and 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.

The 2020 Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) at Kent State will be held from April 6-10, 2020. This week is a chance for the campus community to celebrate our amazing graduate student body for their contributions to the university. Below is the schedule from the 2019 GSAW.


Chill on the Hill

12:00-2:00 p.m., Cartwright Hall

Kickoff GSAW with a fun-filled afternoon in the Cartwright Student Lounge. Enjoy free food and games, while celebrating your contributions to Kent State with your fellow graduate students, faculty, and staff.  


Career and Coffee 

12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Cartwright Hall

Looking for a new LinkedIn photo? Stop by Cartwright Hall for a free headshot – professional attire required – from 2 to 4pm. Beginning at 12pm, coffee and light refreshments will be served.


De-Stress for Success

12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Cartwright Hall

Take a break from work, studying, and research stress and relax with Graduate Studies. Stop by Cartwright Hall for a free professional chair massage from 1 to 4pm. Enjoy some healthy refreshments beginning at 12pm.

4 Thursday

Gear Up for Graduation

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Cartwright Hall

Stop by Cartwright Hall to try on the graduation regalia and learn more about the Spring Commencement Ceremony. A caricature artist will also be there to draw students wearing the regalia. All are welcome to attend even if you are not graduating this semester. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided beginning at 11am.

Graduate Research Symposium

4:00-8:00 p.m., Kent Student Center

End the week at the 2019 Graduate Research Symposium, a campus-wide event showcasing graduate student research and performances. The event provides graduate students the opportunity to present their research to faculty judges. Thursday evening will feature poster presentations, an art exhibit, and fine arts performances.


Graduate Research Symposium

9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Kent Student Center 
12:30 p.m., Awards Luncheon in Kent Student Center Ballroom

The Friday program will include oral presentation sessions and conclude with an awards luncheon.

Call Mr. Robeson: a life, with songs

6:00-9:00 p.m., Cartwright Hall Auditorium

As a capstone both for Graduate Student Appreciation Week and the 34th annual Graduate Research Symposium, we are happy to invite all KSU community members to attend a special performance by our Keynote Speaker, Tayo Aluko, in "Call Mr. Robeson."

As described on Mr. Aluko's website, "Call Mr. Robeson" centers on Paul Robeson, a great and famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner, and says, "When over the years he gets progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career. This roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement."

All events are free to attend for graduate students.