Summer Soiree Series
Weekly events to bring grad students together for fun and healthy activities. Free and open to all Notre Dame graduate and professional students, postdocs, families, and guests. If you have one, please wear a Grad School or Grad Life t-shirt so we can easily find each other at all events.
DTSB First Friday
Friday, August 6, 5:30-7:30pm
Downtown South Bend
Registration Deadline: August 5
Join Grad Life and your fellow graduate students for a party in downtown South Bend! Every First Friday is a celebration downtown, with music, food, games, activities, and more. We'll meet on the outdoor patio of the South Bend Chocolate Cafe, enjoy some appetizers together, then spread out to explore everything DTSB has to offer. All registered participants will have the chance to win door prizes of Downtown Dollars - gift certificates to be used at locally-owned downtown restaurants. All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and families welcome!
Potato Creek Cookout & Canoeing
Friday, August 13, 3:30-8:30pm
Potato Creek State Park
Registration Deadline: August 10
Join Grad Life and your fellow graduate students for an afternoon of boating, picnicking, and beach time. We'll cover your entrance fee and canoe rental and we'll grill the food; you enjoy the great outdoors with great friends! All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and families welcome!
Block Party on Library Lawn
Tuesday, August 17, 5:00-8:00pm
Registration Deadline: August 10
Join Grad Life and your fellow graduate students for the closing event of our Summer Soiree Series as well as the culmination of Graduate Orientation. Enjoy food trucks, dessert, live music, games, and more on Library Lawn. All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and families welcome!
The Summer Soiree Series is hosted by the Graduate School and Graduate Student Life in partnership with the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Graduate Student Government, Campus Ministry, RecSports, and the Student Activities Office.
Past Events this Summer
Walking Tree Tour & Greenery Giveaway
Thursday, July 15, 4:30-5:30pm
Join Grad Life and your fellow grad students for a walking tour to see the beauty & biodiversity of trees on campus. Get some exercise, meet some new friends, see campus through a new lens, and spend time in the natural world - scientifically proven to lower stress and boost mood! And at the end of the walk, we'll give away free houseplants to all participants so you can take a bit of nature home with you. All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and families welcome!
*The trees will not be walking. This is not Middle Earth.
Fun in the Sun Field Day
Thursday, July 22, 4:30-7:30pm
Stepan Fields & Sand Volleyball Courts
Join Grad Life and your fellow grad students for some outdoor activity & friendly competition! We'll have everything you need to play sand volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and various lawn games. And we'll have plenty of snacks and beverages, too. All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and families welcome!
*In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled.
Basilica Tour & Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, July 28, 3:00-4:30pm
Basilica of the Sacred Heart & Bond Quad
Join Grad Life and your fellow graduate students on a guided tour of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Learn secrets of its architecture & history, appreciate its paintings & sculptures, and discover the peace & grace it provides at the heart of our campus. Afterwards we'll enjoy ice cream together on Bond Quad. All graduate & professional students, postdocs, and families of all beliefs or faith traditions welcome!