Graduate Student Welcome Convocation 2022: Tuesday, September 20

Congratulations to all incoming graduate and professional students, and welcome to the UChicago community! Over the coming weeks and months, your program, school or division, and various University offices will be sending out information on both optional and mandatory steps for new students to take in preparation for the beginning of the academic year. Please note that most of those communications will only be sent to your UChicago email account, Many of you will have review classes or boot camps, prep sessions and retreats, or attend the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program prior to the official start of Autumn Quarter on September 27. Some of you will even begin your programs over the summer. No matter when you arrive in Hyde Park, we look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Online New Student Resources (Orientation) Course

By now, most incoming graduate students should already have received an invitation to access a New Student Resources site on Canvas, the system UChicago uses for course content. You will be able to work through the sections relevant to you over the summer at your own pace, and return to it any time during your first year on campus. See below for more information on some of the available content.

MCR UChicago

Look for information in your UChicago email account on our new self-service roommate finder platform, MCR. Although that is the main purpose of the site, it will also allow you to create a profile and connect with other students in your program, or around shared interests, much like other social media sites, but is restricted to incoming UChicago graduate students.

Graduate Student Orientation is Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Save the date! Join new students from across UChicago’s 12 graduate schools and divisions to mark the beginning of the new academic year. Incoming students are invited to join their classmates for a processional to the Welcome Convocation, featuring distinguished faculty speakers and a welcome from Graduate Council and UChicagoGRAD. Following the Convocation, a campus resource fair and outdoor luncheon are capped by a Graduate Council-hosted social event. Incoming students can register online to attend Orientation. Due to the size of the event, it is open only to the individual incoming student; guests will be welcomed at other activities.

  • Opening Procession (11:30 a.m.): incoming graduate students meet on Main Quad for bagpipe procession to Rockefeller Chapel
  • Welcome Convocation (Noon): 2022 graduate cohort welcomed and celebrated in Rockefeller Chapel
  • Lunch (1:00-3:00 p.m.): tented picnic, music, and mingling on the Midway Plaisance
  • Information Fair (1:00-3:30 p.m.): representatives from 50+ campus offices showcase resources and answer questions in Ida Noyes Hall
  • International Student Welcome (TBD): The Office of International Affairs and UChicagoGRAD will host a gather during the Information Fair/Lunch; details coming soon
  • Graduate Student Social (3:00-5:00 p.m.): toast to the year ahead with fellow grad students on the Midway

UChicagoGRAD is a one-stop shop committed to ensuring that students and postdocs have the skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. Learn more about UChicagoGRAD’s services here.

Graduate Student Orientation Course

Most incoming graduate students have already received an invitation to UChicagoGRAD New Student Resources course via Canvas. Through this online course, you can learn about University and campus resources available to you as a graduate student. If you had not claimed your CNet ID by the end of June, you may need to contact us to be added to the course. Email with your CNet ID to request access. Some of the information included:

  • Tax forms for students receiving stipends or for on-campus employment
  • Workday and Direct Deposit setup information
  • Graduate Financial Aid Office resources for FAFSA-eligible students
  • Office of International Affairs webinars
  • Events for incoming students
  • Safety and security information

Content and information from many offices on campus:

If you have questions please reach out to Graduate Admissions at