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Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2021

Graduate Student Appreciation Week


October 25-29, 2021

Thank you. We wouldn't be who we are without you. At 20,000+ graduate students, you are one-third of the entire student population.

We hope you can take some time this week to celebrate with your Illinois family. We are proud of you!

Tag us! We'd love to see how you’re celebrating #ILLINOISgsaw.

All Week

GRADitUde on glass

Stop by the Graduate College windows at 507 E Green St to see a special hand-painted GSAW mural and read our Big Tribute cards to you. 


We partnered with the Illini Union to raise a banner by the Quad showing our appreciation for you.

Monday, October 25

Thank you

We kick off the week with a video message of appreciation.

Tuesday, October 26

Kudos to You

Check out the Kudoboard we made for you! We hope this brings a smile to your face and lets you know just how much we appreciate you.

Wednesday, October 27


Join local CU Lockdown Trivia host (and past UIUC graduate student), Dr. Julie Laut, for a night of online trivial fun at 7:00 pm.

To celebrate Grad Student Appreciation Week, Laut will lead four rounds of trivia, including general knowledge, pop culture, and a round on graduate school in the movies!

To play: Gather your team (max 6 players; teammates need not be located in the CU area—feel free to bring together friends and family from across the country to join in the fun), create your team name (be creative!), and sign up by 9 am on October 27. Zoom invites will be sent to teams by noon.

Test your knowledge and spark some joy with this great community event!

For more information, you can visit the CU Lockdown Trivia website. 

Thursday, October 28


Learn about Illinois graduate student trailblazers when we announce the 2021 Graduate Student Leadership Award winners.

Friday, October 29


No tricks. Just treats. Stop by the Graduate College and take your photo in front of the hand-painted mural and read our Big Tribute cards on the window. Then, stop inside our front doors and take treats from a bowl filled with buttons and stickers.