Graduate Student Appreciation Week

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2023 Grad Student Appreciation Week: October 2-8 

Our graduate students are valued members of the ND 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 unique events and will highlight campus resources available to grad students all year through.

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


All Week

St. Michael's Laundry Discounts. 50% off cleaning & dry-cleaning on up to 4 pieces of professional attire.

World Post Day. Celebrate World Post Day (Sunday 10/8) by writing and sending Notre Dame postcards to friends & family. Postcards can be picked up all week in the Grad Lounge in Duncan, then dropped in a box to be stamped and sent for free.

Dining DiscountsDining Discounts are back! Check out the awesome steals and deals that will be happening throughout campus for graduate students this week at some of the hot dining spots on campus!

Free Coffee & Snacks. Throughout the week, the Kaneb Center will have free coffee and snacks in their lounge (DeBartolo 350). Drop by whenever you're in the building and say hello!


Monday, October 2

Grab & Go Giveaways. 9:00-10:30am | Library Courtyard | Swing by and pick up a free Grad Life t-shirt, free coffee & Rise'n Roll donuts, and other free goodies to kick-off Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Did we mention everything is FREE? Open to all graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their families.

Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Open House. 2:00-4:00pm | LaFortune Student Center, 2nd Floor | Come and tour the newly opened Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in LaFortune. Get some snacks, meet the staff, and learn about ND's efforts and resources for building a truly inclusive community. Open to all graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their families.

Graduate Career Services Open House. 4:30-6:00pm | Duncan Student Center, 5th Floor | Join us on the 5th floor of Duncan Student Center (north end) for our annual Open House! We will be providing giveaways, snacks, and an opportunity to hear about how Graduate Career Services can help you in your career development and job search activities. Open to all graduate students.


Tuesday, October 3

Grad Club Fair. 4:30-6:30pm | 210 Duncan Student Center | Come and learn about the 30+ clubs and organizations JUST for ND grad students. From hobbies, to sports, professional development & professional associations to affinity groups. There is a community for everyone! Plus enjoy snacks, sodas, and giveaways. RSVP now so we can get enough food! Open to all graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their families.


Wednesday, October 4

Half-Price Dining Hall Lunch11:00am-2:00pm | North & South Dining Halls | Show your NDID proving you are a graduate or professional student to get lunch for half-price ($8.32) at either dining hall. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet with friends - a true ND tradition! View menus for North & South before you go!

GSG Succulents and Socializing12:30-1:30pm | Grad Lounge | Drop by the Grad Lounge and pick up a free succulent from GSG. They're cute, they're easy to care for, and they bring the health benefits of living plants into your work space! Open to all graduate students and their families.

Grad Student Trivia Night. 6:00-8:00pm | Legends | Join the Student Activities Office and Grad Life for our Grad Student Trivia Night at Legends! Taco buffet, cash bar, and the chance to show off your prowess with random facts - does it get any better? Enjoy some good old competition to win amazing prizes! Stay for the food and friendship! Open to all graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their (21 & over) guests. Registration required by Tuesday, October 3.


Thursday, October 5

Library Open House. 9:30-10:30am | 231BC Hesburgh Library | Are you curious about the resources Hesburgh Library has to offer graduate students? Do you know who your subject librarian is? Did you know we have a graduate student lounge? Come join us to learn more about how Hesburgh Library can help you with your research and writing. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

Teaching for Social Justice. 2:00-3:15am | 138 Corbett Family Hall | Workshop participants will discuss strategies for effectively applying social justice practices to college-level teaching. We will discuss the concept of teaching as a liberatory practice, offer example techniques that can be used in a variety of courses, and consider how education can be used to generate positive social change. Free books will be given to all participants who register and attend this workshop.

Campus Botany Tour with Fr. Terry. CANCELLED DUE TO EXPECTED BAD WEATHER. We will reschedule for another date and keep you posted.

Grads Only Climbing & Bouldering Clinic. 5:30-7:00pm | Smith Center Climbing Wall | Come and learn the basic skills needed to start climbing safely and proficiently. Registration required by September 28 on

Grad Night @ Women's Soccer. 7:00-9:00pm | Alumni Stadium | There are 6 graduate students on the Notre Dame Women's Soccer Team! Come and support them and the Irish as they take on Boston College, and collect a few freebies on the way in. Open to all graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their families.


Friday, October 6

Practice Interviews for Master and PhD Students (& Postdocs). 1:00-2:30pm | 512 Duncan Student Center | Graduate students and postdocs, come practice your interview strategies and receive feedback within small-groups of peers in a no-pressure supportive environment. See the link for a short preparation video and past participant feedback. RSVP in Handshake.

Teaching in the Age of AI: Authetic Learning. 1:00-2:15pm | Zoom & Hesburgh Library 246 | This workshop session provides space for instructors to consider how starting a course framework with clear learning goals can promote student engagement and buy-in. This session invites instructors to consider how involving students in conversations around course learning goals can promote student engagement and deep learning. The session will provide space for attendees to brainstorm their own learning goals for a particular instructional context.

First Friday Mass. 5:15-6:00pm | Basilica of the Sacred Heart | Join GSG and the Catholic Graduate Community in attending Mass together every First Friday, including during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. All are welcome!

Grad School Block Party - MOVED TO JORDAN HALL. 6:00-8:00pm | Jordan Hall of Science | Live music from the Oblates of Blues. Free dinner from local food trucks. T-Shirts & other giveaways from the Graduate School. Cash bar. Lawn games and more! Open to all graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their families. RSVP required by Wednesday, October 4.


Saturday, October 7

Half-Price Starbucks at the Huddle. 8:00am-8:00pm | Show your NDID proving you are a graduate or professional student to get any handcrafted beverage for half-price at the Starbucks in LaFortune.

Oliver's Great Big Universe with Ph.D. Comics Creator Jorge Cham.  4:00pm | CoMo Lounge | Join Jorge Cham for this fun and informative talk for families and kids (aged from 7 to 12) about space, the planets, the sun, mixed with cartoons and humor. Learn more on NDCentral. All are welcome!

Ph.D. Comics Creator Jorge Cham on the Power of Procrastination. 5:00pm | Washington Hall | Jorge Cham is a legend among anyone willing to laugh at their graduate student experience! Creator of Ph.D. Comics and author of "We Have No Idea," his humorous perspective on the world of academia is welcome respite. $5 tickets available for purchase at the LaFortune Box Office. Also available for purchase at the door between 4:00 and 4:45pm. Learn more on NDCentral. All are welcome!


Sunday, October 8

Mass Intentions. All Day | All Campus Chapels | Every chapel and every Mass on campus this week will include a special intention for Notre Dame graduate students.

Mass at Fischer Grad Chapel. 11:00am-12:00pm | Fischer Community Center | Come and pray with us at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Chapel in the Fischer Community Center! Open to all graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their families.

Sunday Brunch. 12:00-2:00pm | Fischer Community Center | Come and enjoy a home-cooked meal with your fellow grad students. Open to all graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their families. RSVP required by Thursday, October 5.

Sunday Family Dinner. 5:00-7:00pm | Fischer Community Center | Sunday Dinner is a great tradition for any family, so Grad Life and the FRC are pleased to welcome you and your family for dinner! Open to all families registered with the FRC (if you are a student with a spouse/family and are not registered with the FRC, please do so here). RSVP required by Thursday, October 5.



Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert

Fall Harvest Festival Concert

Holy Mass in German

English Conversation Tables

Teaching for Social Justice

Ballet Folklorico de Chicago

Barbie Fest

Blessing of Animals for the Feast of St. Francis



Donuts with the Dean! Thursday, October 12 | 10:30-11:30am | Grad Lounge, Duncan Student Center | Michael Hildreth is the Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Provost and Vice President for Graduate Studies, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy. He's an award-winning physicist as well as an accomplished musician. And he is passionate about supporting Notre Dame graduate students. Come enjoy some free donuts and chat with him about the things that matter to you. All are welcome!

Many thanks to our partners &  sponsors:

Campus Dining, Campus Ministry, Center for Student Support and Care, Family Resource Center, Gender Relations Center, Graduate Career Services, Graduate Professional Development, Graduate Student Government, Hesburgh Libraries, International Student & Scholar Affairs, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Multicultural Student Programs & Services, Notre Dame Athletics, Office of the President, RecSports, St. Michael's Laundry, Student Activities Office, Student Affairs, The Graduate School, University Counseling Center, University Health Services.