Students ride through Madison on a bike tour during the Graduate Student Welcome Week.

Welcome Week 2013 included a bike tour throughout the city of Madison

Graduate Student Welcome Week

The following summarizes the fall 2013 Welcome Week events hosted for graduate students. 

Each fall we offer a similar line-up of events to help acclimate new graduate students to campus and to welcome back current graduate students.

We invite all new UW-Madison graduate students to attend the New Graduate Student Welcome sponsored by the Graduate School. Don't miss this opportunity to mingle with Graduate School deans and staff, hear from a panel of current students about grad student life, attend informative workshops, learn about the many resources available to you, and meet other new students.

In addition to these events, the Office of Human Resources Benefit Services is offering three Benefits Seminars and two Drop-In sessions for new graduate students during Welcome Week. If you have a graduate assistantship (TAship, PAship, RAship or fellowship), your health plan application must be filed by September 1, 2013 for your benefits to become effective for September. The 2013 Graduate Assistants Benefits Seminar & Drop-in Sessions flyer provides more information.

Madison Bike Tour


Tuesday, August 27, 2013
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Free Giveaways & Raffle!
Meeting Point: UW Bicycle Resource Center at Helen C. White Hall

Get to know Madison with a guided bike tour around campus, downtown and the near eastside! Before the ride begins at our meeting/starting point, there will be a quick overview of bike safety provided by members of UW Transportation Bike/Ped Sub-committee. Tom Klein, the Dane County Director of the Wisconsin Bike Federation, as well as other bike enthusiasts will be joining us for the ride so there'll be plenty of opportunities to speak with a bike specialist about maintenance, safety and resources. The ride will be at a leisurely pace suitable for all biking abilities. Free schwag & raffle!

Route details: We will meet at the UW Bike Resource Center and then head down Park St. to University Ave. and then over to the 333 East Campus Mall to get on the mall and head towards the bike path by 21 Park St. Then, we'll head east towards Monona Bay to pick up the Capital City Path to cross John Nolen Drive and then continue east on that path. We will turn around at S. Dickinson St. to head across E. Washington St. to E. Main St., which is a bike boulevard, and then head back towards and around the Capitol. Lastly, we'll head back to Memorial Union via State St.

Due to liability issues, you must bring your own bike and helmet. Don’t have one yet? Consider borrowing a red bike from Budget Bicycle, renting from B-Cycle or another one of Madison's many bike shops. Registration for the Bike Tour is required. Limited to 30 participants.

New Graduate Student Welcome


Wednesday, August 28, 2013
11:30am – 2:30pm
Reception at 2:30pm – 4:00 pm
Union South, 2nd Floor, Varsity Rooms and the Marquee

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a panel of current students about grad student life, learn about the many campus and community resources available to you, mingle with Graduate School deans and staff, and meet other new graduate students from across campus. We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Wisconsin-Madison!

See full schedule here.

MGN Welcome Celebration


Thursday, August 29, 2013
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Union South, Varsity Hall 3

The Multicultural Graduate Network (MGN) provides an infrastructure and access to resources and services for all graduate students who seek community, learning, professional development, and educational/cultural enhancements within a multicultural context.

MGN is unique in that it is housed within the Office of Engagement for Inclusion and Diversity (OEID) and seeks to create a family atmosphere for all graduate students who participate.  Join us for our first event of the school year, the kickoff Welcome Celebration.  This event provides an opportunity to meet new and current graduate students and learn about resources for underrepresented students on campus all while enjoying delicious FREE Union catered food and entertainment!  We hope you will start off your semester with the MGN Welcome Celebration!

Welcome Social at Vilas Park


Friday, August 30, 2013
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Rain or Shine
Vilas Park Shelter
1400 Vilas Park Dr.

Join fellow students and the staff of our office for a Welcome Social at Vilas Park Shelter. A few steps away from Vilas Beach on Lake Wingra and next to Vilas Zoo, Vilas Park is the perfect location for a late summer social. Hosted by the Office of Professional Development & Engagement of The Graduate School, this also is a great opportunity to meet other incoming graduate students and get to know the community. Bring your food and we’ll provide drinks and games! Family is welcome.