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New Graduate Student Orientation

Spring 2019 Orientation 

Welcome to the community of scholars at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette! Register here to join us for the New Graduate Student Orientation on Monday, January 14, 2019.

If you have received a Graduate Assistantship or Fellowship, you are required to attend a Human Resources session during your assigned session at Orientation to complete necessary payroll paperwork. Human Resources must review original copies of all documents.

Please bring originals AND copies of the following documents with you to for your Human Resources paperwork session:

U.S. Citizens International Students
Valid U.S. Passport or birth certificate Unexpired foreign passport
Social Security card Visa 
State-issued driver's license or picture ID I-20
Voided check or direct deposit form from your bank/financial institution I-94
  Social Security card (speak with the Office of International Affairs about obtaining a Social Security card)
  Voided check or direct deposit form from your bank/financial institution


Orientation Agenda

With the exception of the library tour, all sessions will take place in Moody Hall and students can check in at the main atrium on the first floor beginning at 8:30.

Library Tour 8:00-8:30
Students are invited to meet in the main entrance of Dupre Library to learn more about the resources that are available to support their graduate studies.

The UL Lafayette Experience 9:00-9:45
In this early session, we'll walk you through the basics of being a student at UL Lafayette and a transplant to south Louisiana.

Welcome Session 10:00-10:30
Greetings from the Dean of the Graduate School and other members of the University leadership.

Getting off to a Good Start in Graduate School 10:45-11:30
Learn about best practices for starting grad school off right from some of our most knowledgeable graduate coordinators.

Lunch 11:30-12:20

Making the Transition to Graduate School: 12:30-1:15
What 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. We’ll also spend time discussing the expectations for practicing scholarly integrity as a grad student.
New Doctoral Student group
- New Master’s Student group
- HR group for new GAs who are not new students*

Breakout Sessions #1 : 1:30-2:15

Ensuring a Culture of Safety and Respect: 2:20-3:05
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 all Graduate Assistants and Fellows.

Breakout Session #2 (with HR for GAs last name A-M) 3:10-4:00
Breakout Session #3 (with HR for GAs last name N-Z) 4:05-5:00