2024 Graduate Student Appreciation Week

2024 Graduate Student Appreciation Week

The Office of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with campus partners, will host a series of activities April 1-5 to acknowledge and celebrate graduate students.

To express appreciation for graduate students and their contributions to Washington University, the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) will host a Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 1-5. This series of activities will coincide with National Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week, established by the NAGPS in 1993.

During Graduate Student Appreciation Week, students can socialize and unwind with Arts & Sciences leadership, campus partners, and other students. The Graduate Center and DBBS will also be hosting a variety of events to celebrate Graduate and Professional Students. 

“Graduate students are a vital part of the research and creative practice taking place at the university,” said Sophia E. Hayes, vice dean of graduate education. "While our team in OGS works to find ways to celebrate our graduate students every day, this is a dedicated chance for us to express our gratitude with a week-long celebration with a variety of events.”

Arts & Sciences graduate students can attend as many activities as their schedules allow. Please note that some events require an RSVP.


Graduate Student Appreciation Week Kick-Off

Monday, April 1
4 - 6 p.m.
The Graduate Center (in the Women's Building) 

Join OGS, the Graduate Center, and other WashU divisions for the kick-off to Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Ampersand-shaped pretzels, cupcakes, and more will be available. 


5K Run/Walk

Tuesday, April 2
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Forest Park

Stretch your legs with a little morning exercise! All are welcome, from experienced runners to those looking for an organized walk in beautiful Forest Park. Led by Director of Graduate Student Affairs, Andy Wiegert. You will need to sign up for the 5K ahead of time.


Wellness Day Fair

Tuesday, April 2
12 - 2 p.m.
Women's Building Lawn

De-stress with a day of relaxation and self-care at the Wellness Day Fair, featuring a variety of engaging and interactive activities centered around student well-being. This event will be held in collaboration with the Habif Health and Wellness Center; the Office for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life (ORSEL); the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center (RSVP); Sumers Rec Center; WU Grad Nature Trippers; and the Washington University Police Department (WUPD).

The schedule of events includes:

Cooking on a Budget Class with Dining Services

Wednesday, April 3
5 - 6 p.m.
Bear's Den

Join Executive Chef Justin Sollers to learn more about cooking healthy and delicious food on a budget. Cooking affordably doesn't mean you have to compromise on taste or nutrition! Space is limited, so RSVP


International Alumni Panel

Wednesday, April 3
3 - 4 p.m.

Join OGS and DBBS to hear from international alumni of their graduate programs. Panelists will share their experiences as international graduate students and pathways to their current careers. Current graduate students will have the chance to ask questions and connect with panelists. RSVP to join the event via Zoom


Donuts with the Vice Dean

Thursday, April 4
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Cupples II, Suite 204

Enjoy coffee and donuts with Andy Wiegert, director of graduate student affairs, and Sophia E. Hayes, vice dean of graduate education. There is no agenda or formal topics. This is your opportunity to chat, hear, and be heard. Attendance is limited, however, so RSVP.


Donuts with DBBS and Arts & Sciences' OGS

Thursday, April 4
9 - 11 a.m.
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC) Atrium (Medical Campus)

Have coffee and donuts with DBBS and OGS Student Affairs staff members. Feel free to drop by at your convenience during the event. Participating students will have a chance to enter to win a raffle prize. 


Coffee and Coloring

Thursday, April 4
1 - 3 p.m.
Cupples II, Suite 204

De-stress at the Office of Graduate Studies with coffee and coloring! This event is open to students and their families. 


Americana GradWell Appreciation Picnic

Friday, April 5
4 - 6 p.m.
McMillan Courtyard

Join OGS and campus partners to close the Graduate Student Appreciation Week events with delicious food and fresh air. RSVP if you plan to attend.