Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Fortune Tellers

Our graduate students are valued members of the Notre Dame community every day of the year, but we can't help but celebrate you in a special way this week! Come enjoy freebies, food, fun, and fellowship with other grad students as the whole Notre Dame family honors YOU!

The week will feature plenty of unique events just for Appreciation Week and will highlight campus events and resources available to grad students all year through.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, SaturdaySunday.


All Week

Dining Discounts: From the Dining Halls to Starbucks and more, Campus Dining has great Dining Discounts all week long!

Dry-Cleaning Discounts: St. Michael's Laundry is offering all grad students 50% off on up to 4 items of dry cleaning or laundry. Bring the Laundry Coupon and your ID to save.

"Fortune Teller" Table Tent Prizes: In the Grad Lounge and other areas on campus, you'll find little origami "fortune teller" table tents for GSAW. 1 out of 10 of these little treasures contains a hidden treasure - a prize-winning green star. Find a fortune teller with a green star and bring it with your grad/law ID card to the Grad Life office in W206A Duncan Student Center to collect your prize - two tickets for lunch at the Dining Hall! (Locations: The Huddle, Cafe Commons, Charron Family Commons, Crossings, Decio Cafe, and the Grad Lounge.)

Twitter Hashtag Contest: Send us your #thanksbetograds tweets & posts, including your academic division (#science, #engineering, #humanities, #socialscience, #law, #mendoza, #architecture), and the one with the most tweets & posts wins a division-wide pizza party!

The Big Draw: While not just a grad thing, this is such a cool offering we want to be sure grad students know about it. Throughout the month of October the Snite Museum of Art is celebrating the international Big Draw Festival by providing drawing materials in the galleries. Grab a drawing board, a few sheets of paper, and some pencils then head into the galleries to sketch one of your favorite works of art. Take your creation with you or add it to the display wall so you can say that you have a work of art in a museum!


Monday, September 30

Grab & Go Giveaway9:00-11:00 a.m. Hesburgh Library Courtyard. No strings. No agenda. Just free stuff for grad students. Stop by and grab some swag and snacks to start your day and help us kick off the week celebrating all things Grad Life!

Lounging with... Graduate Professional Development - 1:00-3:00 p.m. Grad Lounge. Come enjoy some snacks, giveaways, an engaging activity, and time to chat with members of the Grad PD crew. Part of our "Lounging with..." series.


Tuesday, October 1

50% Off Starbucks - ALL DAY. Starbucks in LaFortune. Campus Dining wants to treat you! Get your caffeine fix at half the cost - graduate student drinks are 50% off all day. (Must show ND grad/law ID.)

Lunching with Your Love - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Duncan Student Center Elevator Lobby. Parenting and Married Graduate Students are invited to stop by and receive two complimentary meal passes to the dining halls for you and your spouse.

Lounging with... The Center for Social Concerns - 4:00-5:15 p.m. Graduate Student Lounge. Come eat some treats and meet folks from the CSC! Part of our "Lounging with..." series.

Confidence & Careers - 5:00-6:00 p.m., Duncan 512. Join Dr. Liz Loughran for an interactive workshop exploring the topic of confidence. Pizza will be served. Learn more and RSVP at so we can plan for food. 


Wednesday, October 2

Serving Up Knowledge: Setting Your Compass12:30-1:45 p.m. 210 Duncan. Who and what is important to you? Who do you want to be? How much are these present and guiding your life? In Setting Your Compass, participants will learn how meaning and purpose impact their well-being, how awareness of personal values increases happiness and reduces stress and how reorienting their priorities can re-energize their lives. Dr. Megan Brown will take participants on an experiential journey to reconnect with their values, learn the most effective psychological intervention for promoting resilience, and practice a technique that cultivates a mindful and values-centered life.

Lounging with... Pamela Nolan Young - 1:30-3:00 p.m. Graduate Student Lounge. Pamela Nolan Young is Notre Dame's Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion. Come share your experience of diversity at ND with her. And of course, snacks. Part of our "Lounging with..." series.

Tours of Fr. Ted's Office - 3:00-4:30 p.m. Hesburgh Library. From his vast personal library to the array of awards amassed over a lifetime of service, Fr. Ted's Office in the Hesburgh Library is a lasting tribute to the man who did so much for Notre Dame and the world. Plus, it's the best view of the Dome on campus! RSVP appreciated but not required.

Dog Park Play Date - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN - We'll reschedule for next week and keep you posted.


Thursday, October 3

Half-Price Dining Hall Lunch - 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. North & South Dining Halls. Thanks to our partners at Campus Dining all graduate and professional students can eat lunch at the North and South dining halls for only $7.00. Must present a valid ND Graduate/Professional Student ID.

Lounging with... Librarians - 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Graduate Student Lounge. Librarians are the researcher's best friend! Come meet these subject-area specialists and enjoy some free snacks. Part of our "Lounging with..." series.

Latin Dance Party – 8:30-11:30 p.m., LaFortune Ballroom - Dance the  night away with MSPS. All are welcome!


Friday, October 4

Lounging with... GSU - 9:00-11:00 a.m. Graduate Student Lounge. The Graduate Student Union is the voice of grad students, their advocate, their champion, and their party planner! Come see all GSU does for you! And get free bagels. Part of our "Lounging with..." series.

Grad Grocery Giveaway - 10:00 a.m. GRC- 200 LaFortune Student Center.  The first 50 graduate students to stop by the GRC in LaFortune Student Center will receive a FREE reusable grocery bag FULL of grocery items.

Grad LGBTQ & Ally Luncheon - 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Dooley Room in LaFortune. Join the GRC for a free lunch with good friends and allies. 

Campus Ministry First Friday Dinner - 6:15-7:45 p.m. CoMo Lounge. Every first Friday means free dinner for graduate students courtesy of Campus Ministry. Enjoy fellowship with other graduate students and families over a shared meal. All are welcome! But please RSVP by Wednesday, October 2 so we can order enough food.


Saturday, October 5

Parking & Pastries - We have 50 free passes for parking in the Fischer Graduate Residence lot on gameday. Pick up at the Grad Life/GSU Office in 206A Duncan, during office hours, M-F, 8:30-3:00. (First come, first serve. One pass per student. Cannot be sold or transferred.) Then, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, we'll have some Rise'n Roll Donuts at the Fischer Community Center for all to enjoy! 

Kids Clothing Swap & Giveaway - 12:00-2:00 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church. Kids grow out of clothes faster than you can buy them, and that can put a real strain on a grad family's budget. Peace Lutheran Church and Thrivent are sponsoring a Notre Dame Graduate Student Children's Clothing Swap/Giveaway as part of Appreciation Week. Bring items to swap, or just come and take what you can use! Co-sponsored by the Family Resource Center.

Gameday Concessions Coupons - 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Listen to the bagpipes and trumpets, and take in all that the ND v Bowling Green Gameday has to offer. Then stop by the Graduate concession stand in front of Galvin Hall and use the free food coupons given out throughout the week! Still need one? Pick one up in the Grad Lounge any time before closing on Friday night at midnight.


Sunday, October 6

greeNDot Violence & Discrimination Prevention Training for Grads - 12:00-4:00 p.m. 210 Duncan. Research has shown that having engaged and active bystanders is among the best ways to prevent violence and discrimination in a community. Grad Life has worked with the Gender Relations Center and greeNDot to create a bystander training curriculum specifically for graduate and professional students at Notre Dame. The tools you learn in this interactive session prepare you to identify concerning behaviors, examine the barriers we all have to taking action, and learn effective ways to get around those barriers to take safe and appropriate action in almost any situation of potential violence or discrimination. Register online now! And if you have any questions, please email Mimi at

Fischer Mass & Social - 4:00 p.m. Mass, 5:00 p.m. Social. Fischer Community Center. Meet, greet, eat, and catch up with your fellow grad students after the graduate student mass!

Mass Intentions - Notre Dame graduate and professional students will be remembered in mass intentions throughout all campus chapels this Sunday.




Intramural Sports Registration: 4-Person Golf Scramble


Intramural Sports Registration: 4-Person Golf Scramble

Flipped Classrooms

Pop-Up Hammocks

Peace Studies Minor Open House

Off-Campus Housing Fair


Funding Your Graduate Training: Searching Databases Effectively

Health Hut

Pregnant and New Parent Drop-In Support Group

Grants and Fellowships: Pre-doctoral and Dissertation Awards Info Session [STEM and SS]

Climbing & Bouldering Wall Clinic

Corby Night


Inclusive Excellence in the Classroom

Lunch & Learn: Navigating Health Insurance

SUB Movie: Toy Story 4 

Legends Movie Trivia Night




Chat & Chew

Drummers' Circle

Trumpets Under the Dome

Pep Rally

Magician - Daniel Martin

SUB Movie: Toy Story 4 

DTSB First Fridays


SUB Movie: Toy Story 4 

Many thanks to our partners & sponsors:

Academic Diversity & Inclusion, Campus Dining, Campus Ministry, Center for Social Concerns, Family Resource Center, Fischer Graduate Community, Gender Relations Center, Graduate Career Services, Graduate Professional Development, Graduate Student Union, greeNDot, Hesburgh Libraries, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Moreau Seminary, Multicultural Student Programs & Services, Notre Dame International, Office of Grants & Fellowships, Office of Sustainability, Office of the President, Peace Lutheran Church, RecSports, Snite Museum of Art, St. Michael's Laundry, Student Activities Office, The Graduate School.