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George Mason University Appreciates You!

April 1, 2016

By Kate Shaw

Next week, April 4-8, 2016, is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. In case you didn’t know that there was a week of appreciation for us hard-working graduate students, many university offices take time to honor Mason’s 10,000+ graduate and professional students in a number of ways. As part of appreciation week, Graduate Student Life, University Life Arlington, and other units across the campuses are holding events for graduate students. All events are free and open to all graduate and professional students at Mason. Here’s a complete list:

Monday, April 4

3:00-5:30 pm

It’s Sweet to Be a Grad Student

Johnson Center, 240K (Women and Gender Studies Center)

Join your fellow graduate students for coffee, desserts, and giveaways in the Women and Gender Studies Center in Johnson Center 240K. All graduate students are welcome! Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies, Graduate Student Life, and Off-Campus Student Programs and Services.

Tuesday, April 5


Graduate Student Appreciation Breakfast

Johnson Center 310 (Graduate Student Center)

Start the day with a drop-by continental breakfast at the Graduate Student Center, hosted by Graduate Student Life and the Journal of Mason Graduate Research.



Graduate Fellowship Tuesdays Brown Bag: National Science Foundation and Graduate Research Fellowships Program Q&A

Johnson Center, Room D

The Office of Graduate Fellowships is hosting a series of mini-workshops on graduate funding opportunities, including grants, fellowships and international opportunities. All Mason graduate students are welcome! Feel free to bring your lunch for the Brown Bag session. Visit the Office of Graduate Fellowships webpage for more information.

Wednesday, April 6


Graduate Student Center Coffee Break

Johnson Center 310 (Graduate Student Center)

Visit the Graduate Student Center on the third floor of the Johnson Center for the Graduate Student Life monthly Coffee Break, featuring free coffee, tea, and snacks from 3:30 to 7:00pm! Meet the Graduate Student Life staff and fellow Mason graduate students, and learn about campus resources. Stop by on your way to class and say hello! Co-sponsored by the Journal of Mason Graduate Research.


Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week Ice Cream Social

Van Metre Hall Plaza, Arlington Campus

Join fellow graduate and professional students for ice cream with lots of toppings as part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.  We appreciate you!  Special VIP ice cream scoopers.  Please bring your Mason ID.

Thursday, April 7


Building Community Lunch for Graduate Students of Color

Student Union Building I, Room 4210

Graduate students of color and other interested Mason community members are warmly invited to an informal time of connecting with one another and key campus resources over lunch. Share experiences, ask questions, and develop collective wisdom for promoting your success as a graduate student at Mason. Sponsored by Graduate Student Life, African and African American Studies, and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education.

Please register by April 6 if you plan to attend.

Friday, April 8


iWeek Parade

Johnson Center North Plaza (outdoors)

Join the Mason community to kick off International Week 2016 with the annual iWeek Parade, featuring the parade of flags, performances, and an international buffet. To learn more, visit the iWeek webpage.

Whether you can attend only one or many of the events, the Graduate Student Life staff hopes to see you during the week. Thank you, Mason graduate and professional students, for all you do!

Kate Shaw is a graduate assistant with Graduate Student Life.

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