Commonwealth Graduate Education Day

Picture Yourself with a Graduate Degree

Do you enjoy the academic work you are doing in your current college program?

Have you wondered if you should continue your education?

Do you have questions about the various pathways through higher education?

Each year, the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools hosts an event for students from across the Commonwealth to learn about opportunities in graduate education at institutions throughout the state.

Friday November 1, 2019

The University of Virginia (UVA) Charlottesville, Virginia

group of undergraduates and community college students sitting around table talking

Community College & Undergraduate students from across Virginia come together.

This is not a traditional graduate fair, this is an opportunity to learn from the stories and experiences of people who have made or are making the journey through higher education to fulfilling careers.

Through a variety of speakers, panels, and poster sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn about the value of a graduate education and get advice from current graduate students and faculty on how to apply to and succeed in a graduate program.

graduate student shares her thoughts with small group of undergraduate and community college students

400 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville, VA 22903

AGENDA Commonwealth Graduate Education Day

Newcomb Hall, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville

November 1, 2019

9:30 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 –10:05 Welcome

10:05 –10:15 What you will get out of today

10:15 –10:45 Speaker: Dr. Archie Holmes

10:45 –10:55 What is Graduate School?

10:55 –11:10 Break/Move to Panel Rooms

11:10 –12:00 Graduate Student Perspectives Panels

Choose From: Arts and Humanities/ Business and Law / Education/ Health / Social Sciences / STEM / Computational Sciences

12:00 –1:00 Lunch

Graduate Student Posters & Informational College Tables

1:00 –1:30 Graduate Student Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Showcase

1:30 –1:40 Break/Move to Panel Rooms

1:40 –2:30 Faculty/Professional Panels

Choose From: Arts and Humanities/ Business and Law / Education/ Health / Social Sciences / STEM / Computational Sciences

2:30 –2:40 Move to Main space

2:40 –3:00 Wrap Up and Door Prizes

Suggested Dress: Business Casual

400 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The event will be held in Newcomb Hall at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia.

UVA Campus Map: Open and move the map down to see the parking garage and Newcomb Hall. They are both North of Monroe Hall. The parking garage is 400 Emmet Street.

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Sharing Our Journey

As faculty and graduate students share their journeys through higher education and career choices, you have a chance to think about where you'd like to go next and investigate how to get there.

Choose from seven different career fields: Arts & Humanities, Business & Law, Education, Health, Social Sciences, STEM, and Computational Sciences

graduate student poster sharingtwo community college students discussing their optionsstudent asking the transfer specialist a questionnetworking at the college tables during luncha student in conversation with a university administrator


You will have opportunities to:

Expand your knowledge of higher education, career pathways, and graduate degrees.

Network with and ask questions of current graduate students, higher education faculty and administrators, transfer specialists financial aid specialists and your peers

A block of 15 rooms has been held under the group VCGS at the Courtyard Charlottesville. Individuals must book and pay for their own room. Apply for reimbursement on Friday. Be sure to bring your hotel receipt.

Immerse yourself in the sights of historic Charlottesville at the modern Courtyard Charlottesville - University Medical Center. Located in the heart of downtown, walk to the University of Virginia, UVA Medical Center, Scott Stadium, John Paul Jones Arena and the Downtown Mall featuring unique shopping, dining and entertainment venues.