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Graduate Student Day

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Celebrating Drexel's Graduate Student Community

Graduate Student Day, hosted by the Graduate Student Association (GSA), Student Life and the Graduate College is an annual occasion recognizing the outstanding contributions of graduate students and their faculty and professional staff mentors to the mission of the University especially within the classroom, lab, community and beyond.

During the celebratory event, the Graduate College recognizes high-achieving graduate students with Graduate Student Excellence Awards across disciplines in mentorship (sponsored by Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs in the Pennoni Honors College), scholarship, civic engagement (sponsored by the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement), community building, research, academic support, and teaching assistance. Likewise, the GSA honors outstanding graduate student leaders, student organizations, and faculty and professional staff mentors with awards. A reception with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments then follows.

Graduate Student Day 2021

Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to gather for Graduate Student Day this year, but we look forward to returning to campus this fall and commencing with plans for Graduate Student Day 2022! We will notify 2021 award winners via email and share the news with our community virtually!

2021 Award Winners

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Awards & Winners

Visit the Graduate Student Excellence Awards page for award descriptions and nomination information. If you have any questions about Graduate Student Day or the Graduate Student Excellence Awards, contact

Watch the 2019 Ceremony [YouTube]

View photos from past Graduate Student Day celebrations:

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