Graduate, professional students introduced to array of Penn resources

A welcome event brought together new graduate and professional students, multiple University groups, President Liz Magill, and Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein.

Penn President Liz Magill stands with a large group of graduate and professional students at the GAPSA and Penn Family Center at Penn tables on Penn’s campus.
Penn President Liz Magill (center) and Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein (right) attended the New Graduate and Professional Student Welcome on Aug. 30. Campus groups like the Family Center at Penn were on site to introduce students with families to the services Penn offers.

Penn President Liz Magill and Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein hosted the Welcome Reception and Resource Fair for new Graduate and Professional Students on Aug. 30 at the Annenberg Center Plaza, co-sponsored by the President’s and Provost’s Offices, GAPSA (Graduate and Professional Student Assembly), and the Graduate Student Center.

Many graduate programs operate outside the University-wide academic calendar, so start dates and orientations take place throughout the summer. This is one of the only major events that brings together students from all 12 schools to introduce them to campus resources and meet with University leaders. Groups that turned out at the event include the Penn Family Center and the African American Resource Center.

Left: Penn President Liz Magill speaks with people from the African American Resource Center at a table outside; right: a large crowd of people outside, including Liz Magill.
Around 975 graduate and professional students gathered for the annual welcome event. Campus groups like the African American Resource Center (left) set up information tables for new students to learn more.

The Grad Center coordinates University-wide resources and activities for new graduate and professional students, and helps introduce them to the broader Penn community.

The resource fair is one of two orientation events for graduate and professional students. The other was a Philadelphia-themed Fourth Friday happy hour, which was held on Aug. 26. The annual GradFest celebration, sponsored by GAPSA and the Graduate Student Center, is a 12-day festival to welcome all graduate and professional students to Penn, beginning on Sept. 13 and running through Sept. 24.

More images are at the Penn President’s Flickr page.