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Summer and Fall 2019 Welcome and Orientation

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 19-23). 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 is requested. Access to a registration form will be posted by mid-June, after the schedule of events is finalized. 


If you plan to park on campus during the week of orientation activities, you must have a campus parking permit, or you may pay for hourly or day-long parking in the parking garage. Visit the Parking Services website for information about obtaining a parking permit. 


Tentative schedule: Schedule details for 2019 are not yet finalized. We expect the details to be finalized by mid-June.

August 19

Required Orientation for International Students
Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced

Who should attend?  All new international students must attend International Student Orientation on Monday, August 19. 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 for International Students

  1. Upon arrival to Manhattan, check-in at the Graduate School, 113-119 Eisenhower Hall, AND at the International Student Center (ISC).

  2. Attend Graduate School Orientation - Wednesday, August 21 (see below)

August 21

You're Hired! Expectations, Payroll, and Benefits for NEW GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
Time: to be announced
Location: Forum Hall, K-State Student 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 2019. 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:

  • Expectations 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
  • Employee reporting responsibilities
Welcome and Orientation for All New Graduate Students
Time: to be announced
Location: Forum Hall, K-State Student 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. 

Activities and Topics

  • Keys to a Successful Graduate School Experience
  • Graduate Student Safety, Wellness, and Strengths
  • Graduate Student Life: Support and Advice from Your Peers 
Graduate Student Services and Resources Fair
Time: to be announced
Location: K-State Student Union

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.  

August 22

Orientation for Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilities
Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced

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, are not on a GTA appointment but 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)

August 23

"Acclimating to American Graduate-Level Writing", international grad student workshop
9:00am - noon
International Student Center

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.

Hosted by: The Writing Center

Other Important Information for New Graduate Students

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 Incoming Graduate Students page to prepare for your move to K-State and the Manhattan area. New graduate students are highly encouraged to tour the Incoming Graduate Students 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!


Questions about Fall 2019 graduate student welcome and orientation activities may be directed to the Graduate School at gdschgra@ksu.edu or 785-532-6191.