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Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2019

Graduate Student Appreciation Week graphic

October 21-26, 2019

Thank you. We wouldn't be who we are without you. 

At 16,000+ graduate students you are almost one-third of the entire student population.

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

Throughout the week we'll have FREE coffee, treats, trivia, ice skating, art, music and so much more.


All Week

Bowling in the IlLini Union Rec Room

Graduate students and their families (up to 4) get FREE shoe rental with a purchase of a bowling game at the Illini Union Rec Room.

TRIVIA: How well do you actually know the University of Illinois?

Let's play! Your Illini squirrel guide awaits you.  


MONDAY, October 21


12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Coble Hall

Graduate students who won Golden Tickets at the Welcome Reception enjoy lunch and conversation with Dean Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko.

A very Special: Café Coble

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Coble Hall, 1st Floor, Reception 

Start your week right with FREE coffee and fresh baked cookies (some vegan and gluten-free) at the Graduate College. Explore a newly installed 1st Floor Image of Research art exhibition. Pick up your FREE 1" Jitters Drinks Coffee button. Stop by and enjoy a mid-afternoon break!

It's Chai Time! 

5:30-6:30 p.m., Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada

Grad students, we're celebrating you! Everyone is welcome to stop by the Asian American Cultural Center for Chai, snacks and a Graduate Student Appreciation celebration.


TUESDAY, October 22

Research LIVE!

4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5. 

Cheer on finalists at our annual Research Live! competition, where graduate students share their research in 3 minutes or less. Stick around for the reception, featuring live jazz music, FREE appetizers and People's Choice Award voting.

Pop-UP Concert: Illinois Graduate Saxophone Quartet

5:00 - 5:30 p.m., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5.

Savor a 30-minute concert by the Illinois Graduate Student Saxophone Quartet. Mingle with fellow grad students. Enjoy FREE appetizers. 


WEDNESDAY, October 23

Celebrate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion! 

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Coble Hall, front porch & steps

You Belong. We are with you. Stop by Coble Hall's front porch at 3:30 p.m. for FREE locally made donuts and apple cider. Wear orange, blue or your program's t-shirt for a 3:45 p.m. group photo on Coble Hall’s front steps. Everyone is welcome! All participants, affiliates, allies and alumni of Aspire, COS, SROP, SPI and Sloan UCEM are invited. We’ll share the group photo, and our support for each other, on social media. Let’s pack the steps!


THURSDAY, October 24

Cafecito & Toast

8:00 - 9:30 a.m., La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada Street

Start your morning right with FREE coffee and toast at the dynamic La Casa Cultural Latina. All are welcome to stop by! We'll have music and comfy chairs to help you ease into your day.

Paint a Pig Party 

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Henry Administration Building, RM 162a, 506 S. Wright Street

We are breaking out the paints and pigs! USFSCO's Student Money Management Center and University of Illinois Extension Financial Wellness for College Students are partnering to throw a very special graduate student only painting party. Come early! Piggy banks and paint supplies are limited.  

Queer Graduate Appreciation Reception

4:30-6:30 p.m. Quality Beer, 110 N Neil St 

Join us at the Queer Graduate Appreciation reception hosted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center at the University of Illinois which fosters an environment that is open, safe, and inclusive for people of all sexualities and gender identities. Everyone is welcome! 


FRIDAY, October 25

Tour: Illinois MakerLab

Business Instructional Facility, Illinois MakerLab - Room 3030 MAP

Take a FREE 30-minute tour and see the worlds first business school 3D printing lab! Get a FREE keychain and 3D scan. Register here

3D Printing Workshop: Illinois MakerLab

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Business Instructional Facility, Illinois MakerLab - Room 3030

Try out 3D printing! Each workshop is $10 with promo code gradweek + eventbrite fees. Register now, spots fill up fast! 


SATURDAY, October 26

Family-Friendly Skate

1:30 - 4:00 p.m., Ice Arena

Enjoy an afternoon of skating in the Illinois Ice Arena. FREE skate rental and admissions for University of Illinois graduate students and their families. Bring your i-card.