Skip to main content
Graduate Student homeGraduate Orientation home
Orientation Schedule

Please arrive at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center to register, get your nametag, and enjoy some coffee before the Plenary Session begins.
Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Welcome & Plenary Session

Orientation kicks off with welcoming messages from the Dean of the Graduate School, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and our University President. Plus phenomenal speakers from key campus partners.
Lunch & Resource Fair

Enjoy lunch and explore dozens of the groups, clubs, offices, organizations, and resources that ND & South Bend have to offer!
Location: Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
Click "More Information" to see a full list of vendors that will be in attendance.
Breakout Sessions
2:00pm - 4:30pm

Learn about the many resources and services available to ND grad students! Topics include: Grants & Fellowships, Crucial Conversations, Health Insurance, What I Wish I'd Known (Student Panel), and many more!
Location: DeBartolo Hall
Click "More Information" for detailed descriptions.
International Student Orientation

Learn how to transition to life at Notre Dame seamlessly with ND's International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) team.
Location: Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
***This session is mandatory for all new international grad students.***
Mass & Blessing

All are welcome at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for Mass and a special blessing for our new graduate students.
Location: Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Break & Lunch on your own

Grab a bite to eat, get your ID card, pick up your parking pass, or just take a break. This time is yours! View a list of things to do and places to eat linked below.
Scavenger Hunt
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Make friends and learn the university's history & traditions via a campus-wide scavenger hunt!
Location: Midfield Commons, Duncan Student Center
Block Party on Library Lawn

Join us for the culmination of Graduate Orientation on Library Lawn. Enjoy food trucks, dessert, live music, games, and more with all your new friends!