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2019 Graduate Orientation Schedule

This is a TENTATIVE schedule, please review carefully.
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Thursday, Sept. 12 8:00 – 9:00am MacLean MB01 All new Thayer international students — MANDATORY — International Student Check-In — Mandatory — For all incoming international MEng, MEM, MS & PhD students. Watch for an email for important Check-In information from OVIS
  9:15am – 12:00pm MacLean MB01 All new MEng, MEM, MS & PhD Thayer students — MANDATORY — 45 -Minute Small Group Information Sessions — You will receive a list telling you which of the 2 sessions you are required to attend — you are only required to attend 1 session.
  10:15am – 12:30pm Spanos Aud.Cummings 100 All international MEng, MEM, MS & PhD students who have not attend Dartmouth/Thayer — MANDATORY — How to Succeed at Graduate School In the US — Orientation session for new international students. Light refreshments
  12:30 – 1:30pm Front Lawn of Thayer School All Thayer School students, faculty & staff Orientation BBQ (Rain location Gylcofi Atrium)
  1:45 – 2:45pm Spanos Aud.Cummings 100 All new students who did not previously attend Dartmouth/Thayer — MANDATORY — Computer Network Orientation
  3:30 – 5:00pm Life Sciences Ctr., Arvo Oopik Auditorium All new MEM, MEng, MS & PhD students — MANDATORY — Building a Respectful Community — This session will cover policies related to creating a safe and positive Dartmouth experience
  5:00 – 6:00pm Life Sciences Ctr., Lawn All new MEM, MEng, MS & PhD students School of Graduate & Advanced Studies BBQ
  6:00 – 8:00pm Life Sciences Ctr., Room 100 All new MEM, MEng, MS & PhD students — MANDATORY — Ethics Panel Discussion — The purpose of the panel is to engage you in a discussion about some of the complex ethical issues that face professionals conducting research today, whether your area of study is in the sciences, the social sciences, or the humanities. Over the summer, we are asked you to watch a Nova special (, the "Secret of Photo 51," that touches on these issues.
Friday, Sept. 13 8:00 – 10:00am MacLean Atrium All students HR and Finance Open Session — Thayer Human Resources, Finance and Dartmouth Student Financial will hold an Open session for all new continuing students who may have questions on Payroll (including I-9s), Purchasing, Student Accounts, etc.
  8:30 – 10:00am Cummings 200 All new MEM students Breakfast with the MEM Directors
  10:00 – 11:30am MacLean MB01 All new students who did not previously attend Dartmouth/Thayer — MANDATORY — Dartmouth 101 — What you need to know about Dartmouth and Thayer School.This session is for incoming non-Dartmouth students conducted by current Thayer students. Light refreshments
  12:30 – 2:30pm Life Science Ctr.Arvo Oopik Aud. All new MEM, MEng, MS & PhD students — MANDATORY — First Year Graduate Student Orientation — Session for new Thayer School and Graduate Studies students
  3:50 – 4:50pm Spanos Aud. Cummings 100 Any new student who has not previously attended a Thayer Safety Seminar — MANDATORY — Safety Seminar — For more information or to check the "Safety Training Records Database" if you are questioning whether or not you need to attend go to
  6:00 – 8:00pm MacLean Atrium All new and continuing students DSE Friday Beers — Please join new and existing Thayer students for snacks and drinks sponsored by the Dartmouth Society of Engineers and the Annual Giving and Alumni/ae Relations Office
TBD 9:00am – 12:00pm Dick's House5 Rope Ferry Road Any new student with questions about their medical information and/or immunizations Pre-matriculation medical information check and immunizations (if needed) —During this time you can meet with a member of the Medical Records staff to resolve any outstanding issues regarding your medical information and immunizations. Required immunizations will be available
Monday, Sept. 16     All students Fall term classes begin — Full class schedule available at
  12:00 – 2:00pm Tuck Mall All of Dartmouth Community Lunch Gathering (Rain location '53 Commons)
  4:30pm OVIS Conf. Rm All international BE students International BE Student Check-In — Mandatory — For all incoming international BE students (more information to follow).
  5:00 – 6:00pm Jackson Conf. Room All new MEng, MS & PhD students — MANDATORY — Meeting with Prof. Brian Pogue, Director, MS & PhD Programs
  6:00 – 7:00pm Spanos Aud. Cummings 100 All new students Dinner and Slideshow — Featuring the "action" photos you shared with us
Thursday, Sept. 19 4:00 – 4:45pm Spanos Aud.Cummings 200 — MANDATORY — for anyone who may TA during the 19-20 year Teaching Assistant Orientation
Friday, Sept. 27 or Sat., Sept. 28 Details sent in separate email   Moosilauke Ravine Lodge Overnight and Hike Trip/Hike — Watch your Dartmouth email for more information

Important Notes