Graduate Student Appreciation Week

April 5-9 is National Graduate Student Appreciation Week! In 1993, the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students established an appreciation week to recognize the contributions, impact, and value of graduate students across the nation's campuses. The Wayne State University Graduate School will be hosting a number of virtual events for students throughout the week to celebrate the impact graduate Warriors make on campus, in the Detroit community and beyond. Celebrate with us on social using #WSUGradWeek where we'll be sharing our graditude for our students and you can enter in daily cash and t-shirt giveaways. 

#WSUGradWeek Awards

  • What does graduate school mean to you? Share your thoughts on Instagram or Twitter using #WSUGradWeek and follow WSU Graduate School | @waynegradschool. 
  • You can enter once per day during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 5-9
  • The ten most creative posts will win $100, announced Friday afternoon on the Graduate School website and social channels


Lana Grasser, Ph.D. candidate in the translational neuroscience program in the School of Medicine
Madison Roberts, Master of Library and Information Science in the School of Information Sciences
Kelly Kourouma, Ph.D. candidate in modern languages in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tiara Hinton, Ph.D. candidate in pharmaceutical sciences in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Andrea Gerber, Master of Business Administration in the Mike Ilitch School of Business
Sydney Benson, Master of Business Administration in the Mike Ilitch School of Business
Elizabeth Kowynia, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Graduate Student "A Day in the Life" Awards

Graduate students handle a variety of responsibilities in addition to their studies. From community involvement to raising a family, graduate students wear many hats. What is a day in the life like for you? Submit a photo from a day in your life and describe your typical day. Winners will be chosen based on how they balance life as a student while contributing to their community, family, other organizations. 1st place will be awarded $1,000 and 2nd $500. 

Details: One submission per student. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 a.m. Thursday, April 8. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Friday, April 9 on the Graduate School's social media channels and website.


1st place: Breanna Borg, Master of Public Health in the School of Medicine
Runner-up: Troy Daring, Master of Business Administration in the Mike Ilitch School of Business

Scheduled events

Monday, April 5

Instagram Takeover

Graduate ambassadors Simon Mourani from the Mike Ilitch School of Business and Tiara Hinton from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will takeover the Graduate School's Instagram to share what it means to be a Warrior. 

Tuesday, April 6

Graduate Student Resources and Mindfulness Seminar

Time: Noon EST

Learn all about the resources available to graduate students at Wayne State through Career Services, the Professional Development Series. Hear about mindfulness techniques and undergo a short exercise. 

Wednesday, April 7

Graduate Student Information Session for Prospective Students 

Time: 4 p.m. EST

Thinking about graduate school? Join us to hear about the admissions process, the current student experience and how to fund your degree. 

Thursday, April 8

Graduate Student Meet-up

Time: Noon EST

Meet Warriors across discpline and learn all about the different graduate student organizations. 

Friday, April 9

Celebrating the end of WSU Grad Week

Time: 3 p.m. 

Announcing the winners of the daily T-shirt giveaways, the #WSUGradWeek Awards, and the "A Day in the Life Of" Award here and on social.