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Training & Workshops

Training Materials & Workshops

Orientation for Graduate Contacts

Orientation Materials for new Graduate Contacts are available to help you get started in your new role.

"The Essentials"

The Essentials sessions will cover Graduate College functions from different areas in the Graduate College. These topics are those that departmental staff need to know in order to assist with their daily responsibilities for graduate students. Registration for these sessions is required as space is limited.

admissions, registration, and enrollment services

  • AY Basics - Begin Your Journey
    • Fall 2017, TBD
  • AY Advanced - The Next Step
    • Fall 2017, TBD
  • Admissions and Academic Eligibility - Ready to Make a Decision
    • Fall 2017, TBD
  • SEVIS and Financial Evaluations - Getting your International Students to Campus
    • Fall 2017, TBD
  • Student Registration, Curriculum Changes & Re-Entries - Options and How To's
    • Fall 2017, TBD

Academic Affairs

  • Graduate Student Petition Process - Using the Petition Portal and Petition Requirements
    • Fall 2017, TBD
  • Degree Certification for Departmental Degree Certifiers (Mandatory for new Certifiers)
    • Fall 2017, TBD
  • Student Records - Grades and Academic Standing
    • Spring 2018, TBD

Thesis Office

  • Thesis Review & Deposit
    • Fall 2017, TBD
    • Spring 2018, TBD
  • Doctoral Exam Committees
    • Spring 2018, TBD

Fellowship Office

  • Nominating Students for Graduate College Fellowships and Grants
    • Fall 2017, TBD

Graduate College Annual Workshop

Partnership for Graduate Student Success

Broaden your institutional knowledge about resources, services and campus procedures in order to assist and support graduate students in your program. The Graduate College hosts Monthly Meetings with special topics aimed at this purpose. Email invitations are sent with topic, location and registration information to those subscribed to the Graduate Contact and Graduate Directors listservs three weeks in advance of the session. Registration for these sessions is required.

Graduate College Partnership for Success Certificate     

The Graduate College recognizes the invaluable service that graduate departmental staff provide to graduate students in their program. We are pleased to acknowledge their service through a professional development certificate for departmental staff who attend training opportunities at the Graduate College.

Certificate Eligibility

  • Departmental staff at Illinois with graduate program responsibilities

Certificate Criteria

  • Attends Graduate College Annual Workshop annually
  • Attends 8 of “The Essentials” sessions
  • Attends a minimum of 8 "Partnership for Graduate Student Success" sessions

Certficate Completion

  • Must fulfill certificate criteria within 2 calendar years to be eligible for the certificate
  • Tracking for the certificate will begin September 2015

Direct2U - Information Sharing from the Graduate College

Monthly short webinars offered by Graduate College staff.

Graduate College/Human Resources Presentation

The information in this presentation is applicable to all students who are also employees, Graduate Assistant Employee Orientation.

Campus Staff Training

The campus maintains a calendar of staff training events at

Office of the Registrar Training Materials

The Office of the Registrar offers many resources and job aids that are helpful to Graduate Contacts.