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In August, The Graduate School welcomed more than 1,800 students from all over the United States and the world. Graduate student orientation kicked off with a series of speakers including Steve Matson, dean of The Graduate School, and officials from numerous departments on campus. Topics covered everything from safety and transportation to health insurance and professional development.

Following the afternoon welcome sessions, new graduate students ambled over to Rams Head Recreation Center to get acquainted with close to 60 campus organizations and life as a grad student at the Student Resources Fair. After meeting new friends and collecting information and Carolina-themed goodies, the newest Tar Heels celebrated the start of their adventure with grad games such as a kickball tournament, amazing race, trivia night and more.

“Carolina’s newest graduate students join a strong, collaborative community that is dedicated to helping them become leaders in their fields,” said Matson. “While pursuing their degrees, graduate students work side-by-side with their faculty mentors to create discoveries that help people and communities in North Carolina and beyond. They lead outreach efforts in local communities and are excellent role models for undergraduates. We value graduate students’ ideas and their enthusiasm for creating valuable new knowledge.”

-Story by Lauren Haller and Sophia Noor. Video by Andrea Patiño Contreras.

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