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The Office of Graduate Student Life

New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Congratulations on your acceptance to Boston College!

The Office of Graduate Student Life, the Office of the Provost, University Libraries, and the Graduate Student Association look forward to welcoming you to Boston College and to the Boston area during our "New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation" Program. We'll see you in August!

As a new graduate or professional student, you join a community of scholars that comprises one third of the entire student population at Boston College.  The purpose of our orientation program is to introduce you to your new community, which includes nearly 5,000 graduate and professional students studying in eight schools, and to familiarize you with a broad range of University resources and orient you to the greater Boston area. This program is meant to serve as a complement to (not a substitute for) your school/department orientation programs.

To that end, the New Graduate and Professional Student Orientation program includes a variety of activities, ranging from informational sessions to social events, during which you will have an opportunity to meet new and returning graduate students, and to connect with BC administrators and staff throughout the university who are here to support your student learning.




Our tentative schedule for the day is as follows:

9:00am                  Coffee Hour, Check in and Registration
McGuinn Patio
Check in to recieve your orientation giveaways, including your Grad Superfan T-Shirt and wristband for the Welcome Reception.

10:00am                Welcome Address
McGuinn 121
The formal welcome from the Office of Graduate Student Life, Graduate Student Association, and Office of the Provost.

11:00am                Returning Student Panels
Fulton Hall
Panels of current BC gradaute and professional students share their transition experience during their first year, their favorite courses, and offer advice in these breakout sessions. Each school will have their own panel.

12:00pm                 BBQ Lunch
O'Neill Plaza
Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch and meet other gradaute students within your program.

12:30 and 12:45pm  Campus Tours
Leaving from O'Neill Plaza
Take a tour of campus and learn where the main buildings are located. Discover where the best spots to study, eat, and relax on campus.

1:00pm                    Resource Fair
Gasson 100
Get introduced to Boston area services and BC departments and organizations, where you can sign up to get more involved in university life. The fair will run until 2pm.

1:00pm                    Library Tours
Library Tours will begin at 1:00pm, 1:20pm, and 1:40 and begin on the third floor of O'Neill Library.

2:00pm                    Educational Sessions
Fulton Hall
There will be three blocks of educational sessions beginning at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. Each grad student will have the option of attending one session per block. Topics covered include BC culture, Living in Boston, the Graduate Academic Experience, and more! Session presenters and session locations will be confirmed by July 30.

5:30pm                    Welcome Reception
Gargan Hall, Bapst Library
Faculty, staff, administrators, and librarians will welcome all incoming gradaute students to Boston College. Dine on hors d'oeuvres and drinks while meeting members of the BC community.


If you are a current graduate student interested in volunteering for orientation, please contact Ashley Hopper at for more information!