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Graduate Students

The in-person Graduate School orientation for students accepted into the Spring 2024 semester is scheduled for Monday, January 8, 2024, from 9am to 4 pm. Attendance is not required, but new students are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Orientation Overview - 2024

  • When and where will the new graduate student orientation take place?

    The in-person Graduate School orientation will be Monday, January 8, 2024, from 9am – 4pm on Clemson's main campus in the Humanities Hall. Check-in is from 8-9am.

    All new Spring 2024 graduate students are invited to attend. The event will have a max capacity of 250 attendees. A waitlist will be established after max capacity is reached.

  • When can I register for the in-person orientation?

    Registration will open on December 1, 2023. 

  • Am I required to attend the in-person orientation?

    You are not required to attend the in-person orientation. However, we strongly encourage attendance if you are in the Clemson, SC area.

    All new degree-seeking graduate students are required to complete the Graduate Virtual Orientation program. (The Graduate Virtual Orientation is separate from the in-person orientation.) More information about the Graduate Virtual Orientation can be found at the bottom of this web page. Details for the Graduate Virtual Orientation program will also be emailed to you. Please check your Clemson email for more information.

  • I am an online student. Should I attend the in-person orientation?

    If you are in the Clemson, SC area and would like to attend, you are more than welcome to.

    All new degree-seeking online graduate students are required to complete the Graduate Virtual Orientation program. (The Graduate Virtual Orientation is separate from the in-person orientation.) More information about the Graduate Virtual Orientation can be found at the bottom of this web page. Details for the Graduate Virtual Orientation program will also be emailed to you. Please check your Clemson email for more information.

  • What will the in-person orientation experience look like?

    First of all, we want to welcome you to Clemson University. You will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of University administrators and representatives from Clemson's Graduate School. Informational and navigational sessions focusing on transitioning to graduate school, professional development, and health & wellness will be offered. Current grad students and faculty will provide greater insight through panel discussions, and resource tables will be available to learn more about essentials (parking permits, health insurance, etc.). Lunch will be provided and allow you time to network with fellow students and staff.

    The agenda for the day is as follows (may be subject to change): 

    Date:     January 8, 2024  

    Time:    8:00am – 4:00pm

    Place:    Humanities Hall

     Check-in

    • 8:00 – 9am

     Convocation: The official welcome to Clemson University (begins 9am, Humanities Hall auditorium)

    • Welcome & Introductions Natasha Croom, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Graduate School
    • Associate Dean’s Welcome — Marieke Van Puymbroeck Chancellor, Associate Dean for Professional Development, Health and Well-being, Graduate School
    • Graduate Student Government Welcome — Shay Easler, President, Graduate Student Government
    • Dean’s Welcome— John Lopes, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
    • President’s Welcome — James P. Clements, President, Clemson University

     Morning Orientation Programming (begins 9:30am)

    • 9:30am Announcements (Dr. Misty Stewart, Director of Graduate Student Success)
    • 9:45-10:30am — Navigating the First Year of Grad School (Dr. Misty Stewart)
    • 10:35 – 11:20am — Transitions and Transformations - student panel (Kara Lee, GA)
    • 11:25 – 12:00pm — Student Health Insurance Plan- SHIP (Rebecca Quickmire, BCBS and Courtney Luther, Student Insurance Coordinator)

    Lunch

    • 12:00-1:00pm (Schilletter Dining Hall)

     Afternoon Orientation Programming (begins 1:05pm, Humanities Hall auditorium)

    • 1:05- 1:45pm — Knowing Your Student Rights and Advocating for Yourself (Dr. Brian Dominy, Associate Dean for Academic Policy & Program Effectiveness - Graduate School and Tessa Byer, University Ombuds)
    • 1:50– 2:25pm — Mental Health, Wellness & CAPS (Dr. Marieke Van Puymbroeck Chancellor)
    • 2:30-3:00pm Graduate Student Professional Development

     Resources Fair and Optional Sessions & Campus Tours (begins 3pm, Humanities Hall, 3rd floor)

    • 3:00-4:00 — Resource Fair
    • 3:00-3:25pm –Optional Sessions A & B
      • Session A: Graduate Assistantships (Kelsey Loftus, Business Analyst – Graduate School)
      • Session B: International Services
    • 3:30-3:55 pm – Optional Sessions C &D
      • Session C: Research Integrity
      • Session D: English Language Programs
  • How much does the in-person orientation cost?

    The Graduate School orientation is free to attend.

  • I am starting in the Summer/Fall 2024 semester. Can I attend the spring orientation?

    If you are starting your graduate program in the Summer/Fall 2024 semester, please register for the Fall 2024 in-person orientation that will take place in August 2024. Date, times and location TBD. Registration will open in early July.

Students attending graduate orientation

Graduate Virtual Orientation

The Graduate Virtual Orientation is an engaging and interactive online tool that will introduce you to resources, inform you of important policies and procedures, and help you become familiar with campus. After completion, you may access the Graduate Virtual Orientation as often as you like. All degree-seeking graduate students are required to complete the Graduate Virtual Orientation.

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