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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

Party in the Park

Join the Graduate School at 3pm on Thursday, April 4, at Circle Park for the first Party in the Park! All graduate and professional students are invited to play mini-golf, pet dogs, tie-dye t-shirts, and much more, all while enjoying some sweet ice cream!

Learn more about Party in the Park

Three Minute Thesis

Twelve finalists have been selected to participate in the 2024 3MT® Final Competition, one of the major events for GPSAW. The 3MT® (or Three Minute Thesis) is a competition where graduate and professional students are given three minutes and a single slide to present their work to a panel of judges.

Learn more about the Three Minute Thesis Competition

GSS Awards Brunch

Kick off GPSAW right by celebrating the achievements of all our wonderful graduate and professional students and faculty and staff who support them! In addition to awards, GSS will be providing a variety of hors d’œuvres, all are welcome.

Learn more about the GSS Awards Brunch

VolShop GPSAW 2024 – 20% Off Promotion

During Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, (4/1 – 4/5), graduate and professional students can receive 20% off gift and apparel items. Discount not valid on lululemon, NIL merchandise, and other exclusions may apply. When purchasing online at UTVOLSHOP.COM, sign in with your NetID and password and your discount will be automatically applied. Available in-stores, by tapping your VolCard, at the Student Union and University Commons locations only.

Is there a graduate student that has had a positive impact on you or your department? Is there a graduate or professional student that you would like to give a little recognition to? As part of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPSAW), you have a chance to give a Graduate Student Shoutout.

April 1

GSS Awards Brunch


Student Union Ballroom A/B

Graduate Student Senate (

Preparing Materials for the Academic Job Market


Zoom –

Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center (

Social Media for Professional Networking: a GPSAW Event


Student Union 262B

Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration (

April 2

Graduate Student Organization Summit


Student Union 362

Graduate Student Senate and Center for Student Engagement (

Learn more about the GSO Summit

Gather in the Gardens


UT Gardens


Learn more about Gather in the Gardens

April 3

Dogs and Donuts


Veterans Success Center

Graduate School and Veterans Success Center (

Strategies on Increasing the Visibility and Impact of Your Research


Hodges Library, Room 128

UT Libraries (

Learn more about Strategies on Increasing the Visibility and Impact of Your Research

Three Minute Thesis 2024 Final Competition


Student Union 169

Graduate School (

Learn more about the 3MT Final Competition

April 4

Better Teaching through Neurodivergence Inclusion: Supporting Students’ Executive Functioning


Hodges Library 212

Teaching and Learning Innovation (

Learn more about the Better Teaching through Neurodivergence Inclusion workshop

Party in the Park


Circle Park

Graduate School and Graduate Student Senate (

April 5

Dignity: A Key to Constructive Conflict Management



Office of Ombuds Services (

Learn more about Dignity: A Key to Constructive Conflict Management

Multicultural Graduate Student Organization and Graduate Student Senate at Main Event


Main Event

Multicultural Student Life/MGSO/GSS (

April 6

Grad Paint Night at Painting with a Twist


Painting with a Twist

Center for Student Engagement (

We are pleased to share a proclamation recognizing graduate and professional students and April 1-5, 2024, to be: Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week in the City of Knoxville from Knoxville Mayor, Indya Kincannon. Read the Proclamation