Orientation

Binghamton University offers several unique orientation programs for new graduate students, each carefully designed to assist and guide your transition to a member of our university community. Binghamton University orientation is a campus-wide, collaborative effort. Please see below for important information regarding orientation programs and scheduling.


New Graduate Student Online Orientation (fall only)

The Graduate School offers an exciting program where new graduate students will receive important information and have the opportunity to meet with other new students, faculty and members of the university community. 

The fall 2020 new graduate student Orientation is Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. While it is strongly recommended that all new graduate students attend this program, it is required for all new Teaching Assistants (TA) and Graduate Assistants (GA).

All new graduate students will receive an email invitation to register for the New Graduate Student Online Orientation in July.

Orientation Schedule

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Human Resources and Related Benefits
Human Resources will provide an overview of GA/TA employee benefits and a description of payroll and related forms that must be completed prior to the beginning of the academic year.
Speakers: Kim Avery, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Benefits and Immigration Services; Jessica Larson, Manager of Student Employment

11:30 a.m. - noon Graduate Student Employees Union
Graduate and Teaching Assistants (GAs/TAs) employed on the New York State Payroll fall under the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU). GSEU represents graduate GAs/TAs within the State University of New York system. GSEU will provide information regarding rights and benefits as members of the GSEU bargaining unit.
Speaker: Huseyin Kuyumcuoglu, GSEU Business Agent for the Binghamton Campus

Noon - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Welcome from Donald Nieman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Interim Dean of the Graduate School

12:45 - 2:30 p.m. New Graduate Students: Strategies for Success in Graduate Programs
This session will examine the pathways for success in Graduate School and University-wide resources that are available to enrich your experience at Binghamton University and ensure the timely completion of your graduate degree. Additional time will be devoted to issues relating to academic integrity, confidential problem solving, managing your enrollment, and teaching and library resources on campus.
Speakers: Gretchen Mahler, Associate Dean of the Graduate School; Bathabile Mthombeni, University Ombudsman; James Pitarresi, Vice Provost for Online and Innovative Education; Andrea MacArgel, Director of Instructional Design Services, Center for Learning and Teaching; Megan Benson, Lead Instruction and Outreach Librarian

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Faculty Panel: Tips from Faculty
There are different types of assistantship appointments depending on your discipline, type of funding, and expertise. This session will address specific duties associated with your appointment and provide some general advice from our distinguished faculty.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Breakout Meetings for New Graduate Students: Insight and Advice about Binghamton University from Current Students
Fellow graduate students will provide practical tips for success and share their knowledge about Binghamton University. The breakout meetings will offer some insight on graduate experience and provide information to help you become familiar with the university.


Academic Department Orientation (fall)

Most academic departments offer orientation events in the fall for new graduate students within their academic programs. Dates, times and locations will vary by program and you will receive a communication from your department. If offered, it is strongly recommended for all new graduate students to attend their department's program.

Academic Department Orientation (spring)

Some academic departments offer orientation events in the spring for new graduate students within their academic programs. If your first semester of study is in the spring, please contact the Graduate Secretary of your academic department directly for information regarding spring orientation. If offered, it is strongly recommended for all new graduate students to attend their department's program.


New International Graduate Student Orientation (fall and spring)

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) hosts New Internal Graduate student Orientation prior to the fall and spring semesters. It is required for all new international graduate students to attend this program.

ISSS is pleased to announce their date for fall 2020 New International Graduate Student Orientation as Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. You will receive a communication from ISSS with more details as they become available.