New Graduate Student Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation

To ease incoming the graduate students’ transition to UD, we invite all new graduate students to participate in New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO), a hybrid experience including both virtual and in-person components designed to introduce them to the UD Graduate community, help them learn everything you need to know to be successful and welcome them to UD!

The NGSO Experience(s) Includes:

  • An in-person orientation program held on-campus on August 22, 2023.
  • A Resource Fair introducing you to the many University services and Graduate Student Organizations on campus
  • Departmental /program orientation (Please contact your department for more information)
  • A self-paced online orientation course through Canvas, UD’s Learning Management System (Virtual)

Any questions about the New Graduate Student Orientation can be directed to

NGSO Agenda

Time Agenda Location
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Check-in
Light Breakfast
Trabant Delaware Ave. Entrance
Trabant Multipurpose Room
9 – 9:25 a.m. Welcome Session Trabant Multipurpose Room
9:25 – 10:15 a.m. Meet the Graduate College Team Trabant Multipurpose Room
10:15 -10:30 a.m. Break  
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Essential Community Services Trabant Multipurpose Room
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Debra Hess Norris,
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Chair, Department of Art Conservation


Lessons Learned “In My Life”:
Art Conservation and Graduate Education “Eight Days A Week”

Trabant Multipurpose Room
12 – 1 p.m. Lunch Trabant Patio / Food Court Seating / Outside
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Resource Fair Carpenter Sports Building Gym 2
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Moo Mobile outside of Resource Fair In front of Carpenter Sports Building

TAO Agenda

Time Agenda Location
8:30-9:00 a.m. Check-in

Clayton Hall


9:00-10:00 a.m. Preparing for Your First Day: Practical Strategies and Tips for New Teaching Assistants Clayton Hall Auditorium
(Room 128)
10:00-10:50 a.m. We Have an App for That!: A Pedagogy-First Approach to Using Academic Technology in the Classroom Clayton Hall Auditorium
(Room 128)
10:50-11:00 a.m. Break  
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Getting Started With Canvas: A Hands-On Workshop Clayton Hall Auditorium (Room 128)
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

Clayton Hall

Multipurpose Room 101A/B

1:00-2:00 p.m. Handling Tough Situations: Resources & Policies for Helping Your Students Succeed Clayton Hall Auditorium (Room 128)
2:00-2:20 p.m. Accessibility and Accommodation in the Classroom Clayton Hall Auditorium (Room 128)
2:20-2:30 p.m. Break  
2:30-3:30 p.m.

TA Breakout Panels

  • Panel with Engineering, Mathematics and Natural Sciences TAs
  • Panel with Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences TAs

Clayton Hall

Various Locations

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