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The Office of Graduate Student Life

The Office of Graduate Student Life

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Our Mission

As part of the Division of Student Affairs, the mission of The Office of Graduate Student Life is to facilitate student learning and formation in their fullest sense (integrating intellectual, ethical, religious and spiritual, and emotional-social development) and to promote an inclusive community of engaged learners while advancing the Jesuit, Catholic heritage and values of Boston College. To this end, the Office of Graduate Student Life provides outreach to graduate and professional students through a variety of programs, services and advocacy efforts. Working together with faculty, staff and student organizations, the Office of Graduate Student Life provides both co-curricular and academic support to the graduate and professional student community. The John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center is an essential component of the Office's mission, serving as a center of hospitality and community building.



R. Darrell Peterson, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Student Life

Hannah Trost
Assistant Director, Graduate Student Life

Graduate Assistants

Brandon Cochran
Higher Education Administration, '16

Anthony Russo
Higher Education Administration, '17


Awards, Honors, and Publications:

2014 - 2015

American College Personnel Association, General Session Presentation: "Graduate Student Perspectives," Ashley Hopper, Graduate Assistant


Division of Student Affairs at Boston College, Graduate Assistant of the Year, Emily Halstead, GSA Director of Programming


National Orientation Directors Association, Outstanding NODA Intern Award, Emily Halstead, GSA Director of Programming

Boston College Student Leadership Awards, The Mary Kaye Waldron Award nominee, Denise Ho, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Life

NASPA Region 1 Massachuetts Richard F. Stevens Outstanding Graduate Student Nominee, Jenna Sattar Higher Education '13


Division of Student Affairs Recognition Award, Innovative New Program, Dissertation BootCamp

Division of Student Affairs Recogniation Award, Excellence in Supervision, Carole Hughes, PhD

Assessment Show Case 2012, Most Creative Assessment Poster for Whole Person Education Series

Boston College Chronicle, Dissertation Boot Camp, March 8, 2012