Graduate College to Host New Graduate Student Orientation and Graduate Assistant Orientation Virtually

Jul. 31, 2020

The Graduate College this year will host New Graduate Student Orientation and Graduate Assistant Orientation virtually. 

Beginning Aug. 10, New Graduate Student Orientation modules will be available in new students' WebCampus/Canvas accounts. To prepare for life as a UNLV graduate student, new students are required to log in, view the modules, and complete the tasks.

The information in the modules is important for students to know to be successful in their graduate program. Graduate College staff will present policies and procedures and address issues and concerns that new graduate students may face. The Graduate College orientation also covers information about a number of financial and other campus resources that are available for free to UNLV graduate students. Drawing upon many years of experience with new graduate students and the common issues and questions that they have, the Graduate College has developed an online orientation that’s tailored and informative. 

Please note that many graduate programs host onboarding events and orientations. Graduate students matriculate through their own program mentored by their faculty; but they are also a student of the Graduate College, so they'll need to complete both orientations in order to get all the information they need to be most successful.  

The Graduate College will give away four $500 scholarships to new students who successfully complete all module tasks. Recipients must enroll in at least six graduate credits in both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 and must have completed a FAFSA or alternative FAFSA to qualify for these awards. The scholarship drawing will be on Friday, Sept. 4. Scholarship winners will be announced in the WebCampus/Canvas module, on the Graduate College's social media channels, in RAVE, in the Graduate College's weekly student newsletter, and via email. To qualify, students must complete all modules and their tasks by Sept. 3.

Graduate Assistants: Students who are new or returning graduate assistants this fall are required to complete the Graduate Assistant Orientation modules as well, which will also be in WebCampus/Canvas beginning Aug. 10. Just like New Graduate Student Orientation, GAs are required to log in, view the modules, and complete the tasks. Given the dynamic and changing educational environment, returning graduate assistants are also required to view the modules and complete the brief quizzes in order to be sure that they have all the up-to-date information they need. GAs must complete the modules between Aug. 10 and Sept. 3; however, the modules will be available throughout the fall semester for reference as needed. The information in the modules is important for GAs to be successful at UNLV. 

The Graduate College will share additional information about new student activities as it becomes available.

Please email gradrebel@unlv.edu with questions.