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New Graduate Student Orientation

Fall Orientation: August 21st, 2019

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View Event Program with Breakout Sessions

The Fall 2019 New Graduate Student Orientation will be held in Burke-Hawethorn Auditorium, 103 103A Moody Hall, as well as breakout rooms in Moody. The official welcome will start at 11:00 am, but new students are encouraged to attend our library tour at 8:00 am in the Dupre Library and our "New to Lafayette" session at 9:00 am for those who are not from or not familiar with Lafayette. Visit this link for a printable and virtual campus map.

Students will have lunch on their own with afternoon breakout sessions to follow until 5:00 pm. New graduate assistants and graduate fellows will have time to complete their paperwork in an afternoon session*.

To conclude the day, there we are hosting a welcome back reception at 7:00 pm in the Alumni Center. The reception is held for faculty, staff, and students to meet with new members of the graduate school community.


Fall Orientation Schedule

Dupre Library, Main Lobby

8:00-8:30 Library Tour: Take time to learn about the research tools avilable that will be essential to your success in graduate school.

Burke-Hawthorn, Auditorium

9:00-9:45 New To Lafayette and UL Lafayette?: This early session is deisgned for you. We'll walk you through the basics of being a student at UL Lafayette and a transplant to south Louisiana.

10:00-11:00 Making the Transition to Grad SchoolWhat do veteran grad students wish they had known when they were sitting in your seat? Hear from current grad students about what to expect and tips for making a successful transition to the next level of study.

11:00-11:30 Welcome to Graduate Studies at UL Lafayette: Greetings from the Dean of the Graduate School and University leadership

11:30-12:15 Getting off to a Good Start in your Graduate Program: Learn about best practices for starting grad school off right from some of our most knowledgeable graduate coordinators.

12:15-1:00 Ensuring A Culture of Safety and Respect: We’re committed to providing a safe learning environment to all students, and this session is led by some of our campus experts. All should plan to attend, but this session is mandatory for Graduate Assistants and Fellows.

Moody Hall, 103/103A

1:00-2:00 Lunch On Your Own & Not New Student GA Paperwork: HR session for continuing graduate students who are not new grad students but who are being hired for the first time as a GA, GTA, or GRA.

2:10-2:50 Breakout Sessions + Paperwork for New GA/GFs (Last name A-F)

3:00-3:40 Breakout Sessions + Paperwork for New GA/GFs (Last name G-N)

4:00-5:00 Breakout Sessions + Paperwork for New GA/GFs (Last name O-Z)

7:00 Welcome. Welcome Back.: At the beginning of each academic year, our graduate community gathers to reconnect and meet new colleagues. You're a part of this community. Come and connect!


*See below for documents that all new Graduate Assistants and Graduate Fellows should bring to their afternoon HR session:

If you are a US Citizen, you will need:

  • Valid picture ID (i.e. Driver's License, State ID, School ID)
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of citizenship (i.e. Birth Certificate, Birth Card, or Passport)
  • Voided check or Direct Deposit Form from your financial institution

If you are an international GA, you will need the following:

  • Passport with Visa (we need copies of both documents)
  • Social Security Card*
  • I-20
  • Voided check or Direct Deposit Form from your financial institution

If you do not have a Social Security Card, you will need to request a copy from the SS Office, as this is required in order to be paid by the University.