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WVU celebrates Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week March 25-30

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WVU will host National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week March 25-30.

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The West Virginia University  Office of Graduate Education and Life will host a slate of events during the week of March 25th to celebrate National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. The celebration begins Monday at four locations—the Mountainlair, the College of Law, Health Sciences Center and Engineering Sciences Building—with a cake cutting ceremony. Other highlights include self-care workshops, Family Movie Night, and a social event on Saturday evening to close out the week.

Quotes and comments:
“Graduate students contribute so much to our campus, as students, researchers, teachers and colleagues. We are delighted to have the opportunity, through NGPSAW, to recognize their extraordinary commitment and contributions to WVU and our community. As we strive to move West Virginia forward in both economic development and job growth, it’s important to note that both our on-campus and online graduate and professional students will eventually go on to careers that will enhance the well-being of others across the state, nation, and world.” - Betty Mei, Program Director for Graduate Student Success in the Office of Graduate Education and Life. 


  • • WVU’s R1 Carnegie Research Classification depends the research activities of our graduate faculty members and graduate student researchers. 
  • • This classification helps the institution recruit the best students, faculty and staff and contributes to our recognition as one of the 131 R1 institutions in the US.  
  • • Graduate students at WVU in Morgantown teach more than 30 percent of all undergraduate classes. 
  • • Graduate student teaching allows faculty to devote more time to their research and scholarship, while still allowing WVU to offer small classes to undergraduate students. 
  • • WVU graduate students make up more than 20 percent of WVU’s part-time workforce in Morgantown. 
  • • Academic and non-academic units can hire skilled, part-time graduate student workers and assistants, which allows units to maximize their offerings to the campus community.  

Schedule of Events (PDF)

Office of Graduate Education and Life

Betty Mei, Program Director for Graduate Student Success

Katherine Karraker, Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs

Target Audiences:

Current and prospective students

Prospective graduate students

Current and prospective researchers





CONTACT: Betty Mei, director
Graduate Student Success

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