Graduate student life can be incredibly challenging, and graduate students are often a neglected population in the university community.

To recognize and celebrate our graduate students, the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has organized the first Graduate Student Appreciation Week at UofL to support their continued success.

Events will take place Nov. 9 to Nov. 13, featuring treats, parties and small gifts. Celebrations are being held in offices and departments across Belknap and Health Sciences campuses.

This is the inaugural Graduate Student Appreciation Week at UofL, but the celebration was first established in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. While that organization has generally established a spring week for the annual celebration, UofL moved the week to the fall because we have several other recognition events in the spring.

“We’re excited that so many offices and departments on both the Belknap and Health Sciences are taking advantage of the opportunity to recognize their own students or students with whom they regularly have contact,” said Michelle Rodems, associate director for graduate student professional development in SIGS. “Lunches, coffee or cider breaks, football ticket raffle, or tokens of appreciation are all a part of the week, and we hope graduate students will take a few minutes to enjoy the recognition. “

A schedule of events, along with daily updates can be found on the SIGS website at:http://louisville.edu/graduate/current-students/graduate-student-appreciation-week

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Janet Cappiello covers the College of Business, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Sustainability Council and military initiatives for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since March 2014.