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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.


However, you may still register on site, the day of orientation (August 28, 2014) at McGuinn Hall.


Our schedule for the day is as follows:

9:00am-10:00am                   Coffee Hour, Check in and Registration                
McGuinn Patio
Check in to receive your orientation giveaways, including your Grad Superfan T-Shirt and wristband for the Welcome Reception later that evening. A light breakfast and coffee will be served in the McGuinn atrium before the formal welcome.
    9:00 - 10:00am                  International Student Coffee Hour                     
    McGuinn 334
    International gradaute students who have registered for orientation are invited to meet and     mingle with other international graduate students over breakfast in McGuinn Hall room 334     after checking in.

10:00am-11:00am                 Welcome Address                                                
McGuinn 121
The formal welcome from the Office of Graduate Student Life, Graduate Student Association, and Office of the Provost.

11:00am-12:00pm                 Returning Student Panels                                   
Fulton Hall Breakout Rooms

Panels of current BC gradaute and professional students share their first-year experiences of graduate school and offer their advice in these breakout sessions. Each school will have their own panel.
    Fulton 110 - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences - Humanities
    Fulton 117 - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences - Physical Sciences
    Fulton 135 - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences - Social Sciences
    Fulton 145 - Graduate School of Social Work
    Fulton 230 - School of Theology & Ministry
    Fulton 235 - Connell School of Nursing
    Fulton 245 - Lynch School of Education
    Fulton 250 - Carroll School of Management

12:00pm-1:00pm                    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 discover the best spots to study, eat, and relax.

1:00-2:00pm                           Resource Fair                                                       
Gasson 100
Get introduced to Boston area services and BC departments. Sign up with graduate student organizations to get involved in university life.

1:00pm-2:00pm                      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-5:00pm                      Educational Sessions                                           
Fulton Hall
Breakout Rooms

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 choosing one session per each hour-long block.
Click here for the complete list of educational sessions.

5:00pm-6:00pm                      International Graduate Student Panel                 
Fulton 250

Panels of current BC international graduate students will share their experiences from their first year of their graduate studies and offer their advice to incoming international graduate students.

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.


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