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Fall 2016 Welcome and Orientation Activities for Graduate Students

A variety of welcome and orientation activities are scheduled for NEW and CURRENT graduate students prior to the start of the fall semester (throughout the week August 15-19). On-campus activities listed below are scheduled on the Manhattan campus. Links also are provided to information for students in Global Campus programs. 


Advance registration has closed. Graduate students who did not register in advance are still welcome and encouraged to attend sessions and activities listed below. On-site (walk-in) registration will be available for those who did not register in advance. 

August 15 - Required Orientation for International Students

Who Should Attend? All new international students must attend International Student Orientation on Monday, August 15. Visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for ISC check-in and orientation schedules and for additional orientation activities for international students.

Other Requirements

  1. Check-in at the Graduate School, 103 Fairchild Hall, AND at the International Student Center (ISC) upon arrival to KSU

  2. Attend Graduate School Orientation - Wednesday, August 17 (see below)

August 17 - Welcome/Orientation and Resources Fair for New and Current Grad Students
 Orientation for ALL NEW GTAs, GRAs, and GAs          9:30-11:30am          Forum Hall, Union

Who should attend?  New and returning graduate students who will be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), or Graduate Assistant (GA) for the first time in Summer or Fall 2016. Students who were previously on an assistantship and are starting a new type of assistantship (e.g., switching from GTA to GRA) do not need to attend this session if they previously attended this orientation.

Topics covered in this session:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Using HRIS online self-service
  • Payroll
  • Health insurance available to eligible GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
  • Tuition payment options for GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
  • Title IX Training

Hosted by: Graduate School with participation from Division of Human Capital Services


Orientation for ALL NEW Graduate Students                1:30-3:45pm             Forum Hall, Union

Who should attend?  ALL NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS, including those who previously earned an undergraduate degree at K-State, are very strongly encouraged to attend this orientation, which will provide information unique to graduate study.

Check-in and networking:  Please arrive between 12:45-1:30pm to receive your orientation materials and spend some time getting to know your peers. Attendees also will have a chance to meet K-State's mascot, Willie the Wildcat! The session will begin at 1:30pm. 

Topics covered in this session:

  • Keys to a Successful Graduate School Career
  • Support for Graduate Student Safety and Wellness
  • Graduate Student Life: Support and Advice from Your Peers


K-State and Little Apple                                                     3:45-5:00pm          Grand Ballroom, Union
Graduate Student Services and Resources Fair

Who should attend?  New AND returning graduate students are invited to attend the fair to learn about the many services and resources available to them on campus and in the surrounding community.

View a list of participating campus services and Manhattan businesses and organizations

K-State's famous Call Hall ice cream will be served during the Fair and attendees will have a chance to enter a drawing to win a prize from one of the campus units or Manhattan businesses!


August 18 - Orientation for GTAs and Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilities
Orientation for GTAs and Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilities9:00am-noon109 Justin Hall

Who should attend?  New and continuing graduate students who will be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for the first time should attend this session. Other graduate students who anticipate becoming a GTA in the near future, have teaching responsibilities, or have an interest in teaching are welcome to attend. Those who have attended this session in a previous semester and would like a refresher also are welcome to attend.

Hosted by: Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

Please direct questions to Tucker Jones, tuckerj@ksu.edu.

August 19 - Writing Workshop for International Graduate Students

"Acclimating to American Graduate-Level Writing" a workshop for international graduate students

Friday, August 19, 9am-noon, Fiedler Auditorium

Who Should Attend? This workshop is designed for international and English Language Learner (ELL) graduate students. NEW and CURRENT graduate students are welcome to attend.  The workshop will focus on transitioning to American graduate-level writing expectations and on writing issues and frustrations frequently encountered by ELL and international students. Participants will discuss the impact culture has on writing norms, faculty writing expectations, and much more. They’ll leave the workshop with a greater understanding of cultural expectations around writing and increased confidence about their positions on and contributions to a U.S. university campus.

Department/Program Activities

Individual departments or graduate programs may schedule welcome and orientation activities specifically for their graduate students. Please consult with your department or program about activities they have planned for you in addition to the orientation activities listed above.

Prepare for your move to K-State in Manhattan
Visit the Transitioning to K-State page to prepare for your transition to K-State and the Manhattan area. New graduate students are highly encouraged to tour the Transitioning to K-State pages AND attend on-campus orientation and welcome activities listed above.

Connect with a Graduate Student Ambassador. K-State Graduate Student Ambassadors are here to be a welcoming presence for all potential graduate students. They come from a variety of academic backgrounds and disciplines, from large cities and small towns all around the world, each with a unique perspective. Learn more about our Graduate Student Ambassadors and strike up a conversation by email! 

Sign-up for a campus tour. The Graduate Student Ambassadors provide year-round walking tours of the K-State Manhattan campus that highlights areas of interest to graduate students. Learn more about campus tours for graduate students, and make an appointment today!  

Global Campus Student Check-List and Orientation Videos 
Students completing a graduate program through K-State’s Global Campus who will not be residing in the Manhattan area and will not be utilizing on-campus resources do not need to attend the on-campus welcome and orientation activities in Manhattan. These students should view the check-list and orientation videos for distance students.

Questions about Fall 2016 graduate student welcome and orientation activities may be directed to the Graduate School at gdschgra@ksu.edu or 785-532-6191.