First year Stanford Biosciences students in class


Dear Stanford Graduate Student,

Welcome to Stanford! Hope your summer is going well. We are excitedly making all the final preparations for your arrival next month.

I'm following up on my July email to provide information about New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) and to forward welcome messages from Patricia Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and Shirley Everett, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Residential and Dining Enterprises. These are two essential offices for your future studies and life at Stanford.

In the sidebar you'll find the brochure for New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO'13) which includes a welcome message from our awesome NGSO Student Coordinators Cathy and Karen. Hard copies will be available when you arrive on campus. Please take a look at the week's programs that are aimed to inform you about campus life and resources, and to connect you to new friends.

If you have any accessibility concerns as you review the NGSO events schedule or have any questions, please let us know via email.

In additional to NGSO events, please pay close attention to information that you will receive from your academic department, as each department will offer its own academic orientation programs.

Another important resource to keep in mind when you arrive on campus is the Graduate Student Information Center (GSIC). The Center will open from 9/4/13 to 9/25/13 from 9am to 5pm. It will also be open on the weekend of 9/14/13 and 9/15/13 from 10am to 2pm. The Center is located on the second floor of the Graduate Community Center (GCC). The Center will be staffed by current graduate students who will provide helpful information and resources and answer your questions and concerns about starting your life as a Stanford graduate student. You can find information on GSIC and NGSO at:

The sidebar item is an important memo that will introduce you to four overarching policies that represent the values of the Stanford community that you have joined. As future leaders, we hope that you will embrace these values of integrity, respect and tolerance, and take advantage of opportunities during your time here at Stanford to learn about these issues, and to promote them in your personal and professional lives.

We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Warm Regards,

Ken Hsu

Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs Director, Graduate Life Office Stanford University

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