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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2022

National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week is an annual event designed to support and recognize students in these roles at universities across the country. The week is aimed at highlighting the great contributions and high value that graduate and professional students bring to our community. This year’s events include educational sessions, networking opportunities, and—of course—food!

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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week is April 3 to 8.

The week’s activities are sponsored by Rackham Graduate School, U-M Office of Student Life, Graduate Rackham International (GRIN), Rackham Student Government (RSG), and Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR).

Wednesday, March 30


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SCOR Presents a Mental Health Awareness Discussion and Luncheon

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Room 2210 ABC, Michigan Union, 530 South State Street

Join us to discuss ways that students can practice mental health awareness during their time here in graduate school. Boxed lunches will be provided during the first hour of the event, followed by a presentation by a facilitator from Counseling and Psychological Services.

Sponsored by Students of Color at Rackham (SCOR)

Register for Mental Health Awareness Discussion and Luncheon

Sunday, April 3


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Virtual Yoga for Grad Students

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

via Zoom

Enjoy a virtual yoga flow with fellow graduate students and led by GroupX instructor, Taryn.

Sponsored by Rackham Student Government.

Register for Virtual Yoga

Monday, April 4


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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Breakfast

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

East Lawn, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street

Graduate students do so much for our campus, and we want to thank you. Enjoy breakfast and network with fellow students as we kick off the week.

Sponsored by Professional Development and Engagement, Rackham Graduate School

Register for Appreciation Breakfast

Tuesday, April 5


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Central Campus Ballcaps and Beverages

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In Front of the Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street

Graduate students do so much for our campus, and we want to thank you. Enjoy breakfast and network with fellow students as we kick off the week. Please note that we will be serving “grab and go” packaged items. Also, pick up your very own Rackham baseball cap. Caps are available while supply lasts.

Sponsored by Professional Development and Engagement, Rackham Graduate School

Register for Central Campus Ballcaps and Beverages

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It’s Always Time for Ice Cream

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

East Lawn, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street

Take a midday break with some ice cream! Grab and go or stay a while!

Sponsored by Rackham Student Government (RSG)

Register for It’s Always Time for Ice Cream

Wednesday, April 6


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Donuts and Coffee

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In Front of James and Anne Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard

Start your morning with some free donuts and coffee!

Sponsored by Rackham Student Government

Register for Donuts and Coffee

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Donuts with the Rackham Deans

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

East Lawn, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street

Take a midday break with some donuts and coffee and mingle with fellow graduate students and the Rackham Deans! Grab and go or stay a while! free donuts and coffee!

Sponsored by Rackham Student Government

Register for Donuts with the Rackham Deans

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International Film Showing: Parasite

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Assembly Hall, Fourth Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street

Come and join us to watch the Oscar-winning movie Parasite. It is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, who co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. Popcorns and soda will be provided.

Sponsored by Graduate Rackham International (GRIN)

Register for International Film Showing

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Hip Hop Dance Break

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

East Lawn, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street

Join fellow graduate students for an in-person hip hop dance session led by GroupX instructor, Rayut.

Sponsored by Rackham Student Government

Register for Hip Hop Dance Break

Thursday, April 7


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North Campus Ballcaps and Beverages

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

North Campus: North West Surface Parking Lot NC-48 in Front of the Bob and Betty Beyster Building at 2260 Hayward Street

Graduate students do so much for our campus, and we want to thank you. Enjoy breakfast and network with fellow students as we kick off the week. Please note that we will be serving “grab and go” packaged items. Also, pick up your very own Rackham baseball cap. Caps are available while supply lasts.

Sponsored by Professional Development and Engagement, Rackham Graduate School

Register for North Campus Ballcaps and Beverages

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International Chocolate Tasting

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Assembly Hall, Fourth Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street

Join GRIN for a buffet of all things chocolate. Enjoy conversation with fellow graduate students and delicious chocolatey treats.

Sponsored by Graduate Rackham International (GRIN)

Register for International Chocolate Tasting

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Drawing Night – Relax and Get Creative

5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Assembly Hall, Fourth Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street

Come enjoy a relaxing evening of drawing. Oil pastel sets, coloring books and blank drawing pads will be provided. Participants can choose either coloring the masterpieces in the coloring book or creating their own drawings, or both! No prior experience needed.

Sponsored by Graduate Rackham International (GRIN)

Register for Drawing Night

Friday, April 8


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Donuts and Coffee

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

East Lawn, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street

Start your morning with some free donuts and coffee!

Sponsored by Rackham Student Government

Register for Donuts and Coffee