Carnegie Mellon University

University-wide New Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to Carnegie Mellon!

It's officially time to say Welcome to Carnegie Mellon and Greetings from Pittsburgh! 

You will have received a notification you were added to the Fall 2020 Graduate Student Orientation Canvas Course Site. Here you will be able to review the MODULES of information on SYNCHRONOUS EVENTSas well as our ASYNCHRONOUS information.

President Farnam Jahanian and members of the university community kicked-off the University-wide New Graduate Orientation with words of welcome, bits of advice and a highlight of things to come in your graduate experience on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 10:00am (EDT),

Partners around the university have contributed to your orientation experience. We are so excited to have you as part of the Tartan Community.

Sincerely,

The Graduate Student Fall 2020 Orientation Team
Desirée Chronick, Administrative Coordinator
Holly Hippensteel, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Community Standards and Diversity Initiatives
Jamie Rossi, Director of Student Academic Success Operations & Strategy

Please email Graduate Education Office if you have any questions or issues connecting to Canvas or our synchronous events.

Please email Disability Resources if you have a disability and need an accommodation for your disability in order to participate fully in Graduate Student Orientation.

FALL 2020 ORIENTATION

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AUGUST 17-21, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATES

The university has begun a phased approach to bring the CMU community back to campus and other Pittsburgh-area locations to allow for maximum flexibility and iteration to test processes and procedures. Resources to support your physical and mental health include guidelines for mask-wearing, hand-washing and staying connected while social distancing

FALL ORIENTATION - SYNCHRONOUS EVENTS

MONDAY, AUGUST 17

President's Welcome to All New Graduate Students
10:00-10:45am (EDT)
Pre-show @ 9:40am (EDT)


Welcome to CMU Panel Discussion
10:45-11:45am (EDT)
(Recording in Canvas)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18

Doctoral Students & Research Environment at CMU
8:30-9:15am (EDT)
(Recording in Canvas)

Doctoral Students Panel
9:30-10:30am (EDT)
(Recording in Canvas)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19

Navigating Professional & Personal Relationships (Title IX)
9:00-10:00am (EDT)
(Recording will be in Canvas)
 

Office of International Education Welcome Session
10:00-11:00am (EDT)
  
Tenant's Rights
4:30-5:30pm (EDT)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

Master’s Student Panel
9:00-10:00am (EDT)
(Recording in Canvas)
 
Student Academic Success Center Info & Chat
10:00-11:30am (EDT)
(Recording in Canvas)
 
Partners and Family Panel
1:00-2:00pm (EDT)
(Recording in Canvas)
 
                             
GSA Virtual Trivia
8:00-10:00pm (EDT)
Aaron DeLeo, a local Pittsburgh Trivia Master, will be spinning trivia questions via Twitch, so get your teams together for a shot to win a cool, sweet prize!  
** Visit GAMES WITH GSA and find out how to win prizes! **

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

Student Health Insurance Q&A
9:00-10:00am (EDT)
(Recording in Canvas)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23

Resource Fair  (For ALL students!)
2:00 - 3:30pm (EDT)
Representatives from various student services departments will be available to answer your questions via Zoom (links available in THE GUIDE) and provide useful information. You can find descriptions of the departments below.
Please download THE GUIDE (pdf) as it will guide you through the Resource Fair.

 

GSA Meet & Greet
4:00-5:00pm (EDT)
Come hang out with the Graduate Student Assembly Executive Committee! Join us for a casual meet & greet to learn about GSA, what we do, and how you can get involved. Upon entry, you will be able to jump between breakout rooms hosted by different Exec members.

TARTAN PRIDE KIT

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Show your Tartan Pride by downloading a cut-out, sign or virtual background that can be used while you participate in events and even during virtual classes!

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Orientation Cutouts [pdf]
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Orientation Signs [pdf]

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INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION SESSIONS

Office of International Education

All new international graduate students are invited to attend a virtual, live Welcome Session with OIE Director Linda Gentile and the OIE staff on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 10:00am (EDT) via Zoom. This session will include an introduction to the OIE office and services, remote orientation details, and answers to some frequently asked questions about the fall semester. 

Visit the Office of International Education for more information.

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It is our hope that your travel to Carnegie Mellon goes smoothly and we look forward to meeting you!  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

SPRING 2021 ORIENTATION

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JANUARY 8, 2021