Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation

The 2016-2017 Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation took place on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Bren Events Center. With over 700 incoming graduate students in attendance, UCI Graduate Division coordinated an exciting day introducing them to various aspects of professional development, academic success, health and wellness, and student life to kick off their graduate careers. Both masters and doctoral students left the event excited and ready to begin their graduate journeys. 

Friday, September 16, 2016
8:15 AM - 6:00 PM
University of California, Irvine
Bren Events Center



We would especially like to thank all those that presented, moderated, and volunteered to make this day a huge success! 

The 2016 event marks our 8th year and it continues to grow and improve each year—adding new sessions addressing relevant graduate student needs, changing our location to accommodate a growing audience, and advancing our registration and communication process with students and the campus.

We appreciate your time, effort and energy in bringing these important events to life for our incoming cohort of graduate students. 


Download the programfor more information on speakers and sessions


  • Review and keep your orientation folder you received on the day of the event. This will be useful for years to come! We have copies of important material at the Graduate Resource Center, so stop by pick something up.

  • Register for Fall programs in the GRC – More information below in “Upcoming Programs”

  • Follow-up on fellowship and funding opportunities. – More information below in “Upcoming Programs”

  • Check your email for Grad Weekly updates. Every week. All year.

  • Follow Graduate Division on social media to get info and news you need.

  • Connect with the peers, faculty, and alumni you met at the event – in-person, LinkedIn, or Facebook. No matter how you connect, stay connected.

  • Take time for self-care and pay attention to your health and wellness. Start good habits early on in your graduate care.


Graduate Division and the Graduate Resource Center has programs and events to support graduate students throughout their time at UC Irvine. Take advantage early on of the programs, events, and workshops and come back often to our spaces for more. From communication skills to leadership development, gain skills outside of the classroom to be a successful graduate student.


  • Advanced Training Bootcamps

    • Dissertation Bootcamp – Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23. While writing your dissertation thesis seems light years away from your first fall quarter of a Ph.D. program, just know, that you can join us for writing support once you have advanced for a 3-day boot camp filled with focused writing time, instant feedback from Writing Consultants, and tips to move forward. Only for advanced Ph.D. students.

    • Smart Start: Salary Negotiations Training – Wednesday, November 2, 3:00PM -5:00PM. Gain confidence and skills needed to earn fair compensation.

    • Write-ins – Friday, November 4, 9:00AM – 5:00PM. Learn to develop healthy writing habits while focusing on dedicated time to write. 

    • NEW Digital Communications Bootcamp – Wednesday, November 9, 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Learn how to leverage social media and effectively use video to communicate your research or promote yourself.

    • Presentation Refresher Bootcamp – Wednesday, November 16, 4:00PM – 6:00PM. Take your PowerPoint presentation technique to the next level.

  • Fellowship support – While funding workshops are done for fall quarter, the NSF application period is just beginning. If you are a Ph.D student and eligible come speak with Dr. Sandra Loughlin for funding application advising and our Writing Consultants for additional reviews.

  • Career Development

    • Preparing for the Academic Interview – Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 1:30PM – 2:30PM. Learn about the various types of positions available, where to look, and get an overview of the entire academic job search process. 

    • Building Your Professional Brand – Monday, November 13, 1:30PM – 2:30PM. It's important for students to create their own brands to market themselves to employers and to create opportunities to establish a successful career. 


Now that you are now on campus, we strongly encourage you to use the new studet post-arrival checklists


Bren Events Center Arena
Professional Development Once an Anteater, Always an Anteater
Students and Peter 2 Students and Peter 3
Students Stretching Yoga
Students and Peter Outside Phong Presenting
Students Zot Learn to Zot
Peter Selfie Berry Terrace Session
Water Bottles Students and Peter 4
Bri Speaking Koll Room


Have a question? Need more information? Send an e-mail to the Graduate Welcome and Orientation Planning Team.