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Graduate Student Appreciation Week

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 take some time this week to celebrate with your Illinois family.

We are proud of you!

All Week

GRADitUde on glass

Please 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.


Download our Celebration Kit. We have photos, gifs, videos, and decorations to help you celebrate the week.

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.

Celebrate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

3:30 – 4:30 pm, Anniversary Plaza at the Illini Union (north side of the Main Quad)

Stop by, and meet up for FREE fall treats! All participants, affiliates, allies, and alumni of Aspire, COS, SROP, SPI, and Sloan UCEM are invited. We encourage you to wear your program shirt or show your i-card to get your donuts, cider and coffee.

Wednesday, October 27


7 p.m., online, sign up by 9 a.m. on Oct. 27, Zoom invites will be sent to teams by noon

Join local CU Lockdown Trivia host (and past UIUC graduate student), Dr. Julie Laut, for a night of online trivia fun. Laut will lead four rounds of trivia, including general knowledge, pop culture, and 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!). Test your knowledge and spark some joy with this great community event!

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. Please stop by the Graduate College, 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.

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