Graduate Student Services

Graduate & Professional Students Appreciation Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April

In 1993, the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students established an appreciation week to recognize the contributions, impact, and value of graduate and professional students across the nation’s campuses, to be held during the first week of April.

The Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate & Professional Student Council hosted several events for graduate and professional students throughout the week of April 10-15, 2023 to celebrate the impact graduate students make in their colleges, departments, labs, classrooms, and offices.

This week is also USF Week, and many additional activities are planned for the entire USF community. Please visit the USF Week website for more information and schedules.

Event Description

Monday Morning Coffee Blast 

Monday, April 10th
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
Graduate Student Lounge (ALN 209)

Start your week off with a BLAST of freshly brewed coffee and assorted doughnuts sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC). The first 100 attendees will receive a USF Graduate Studies Coffee Tumbler! 

Lunch & Learn: Balancing Graduate School and Personal Priorities Presentation

Tuesday, April 11th
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
Via Teams:


A balance between school and personal life is essential to achieve optimal academic performance during graduate school.  This presentation will help graduate students keep the big picture while maintaining and balancing other priorities such as family, work, and social life.  

Facilitated by: Dr. Tracy Costello, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs & Graduate Professional Development 

Grad Student Ice Cream Bonanza

Wednesday, April 12th
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
John and Grace Allen Building (ALN) Breezeway – 2nd Floor

Join us upstairs for a refreshing ice cream treat while connecting with other graduate students across the university.  Stay for a while and have conversations with peers over ice cream.  

Stress & Anxiety Management Workshop

Wednesday, April 12th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
Via Teams: 


The workshop will focus on learning and practicing multiple skills to reduce stress and anxiety while enrolled at USF. Participants will practice the following skills: a guide for incorporating self-care into daily life, 4-7-8 breathing, mindful/relaxed body posture, and 5-senses grounding techniques.

Presented by Kelly Dillon, Psy.D. 
Post-Doctoral Fellow
USF Counseling Center 

Fun, Fitness, and Zumba

Thursday, April 13th
5:00 PM (EST)
Campus Recreation Center (Tampa), Room (TBA)

Join your fellow graduate students for an evening of Zumba and Fun!  ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin and International music-dance themes, creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system!  The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.  Join the PARTY!

Graduate Student Outdoor Mixer/BBQ Style

Friday. April 14th
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
John and Grace Allen Building (ALN) Courtyard

Take a leisurely  stroll over to the John and Grace Allen Building  to meet and greet the Office of Graduate Studies Staff, Graduate and Professional Student Council, and other graduate students during an evening reception in the courtyard while enjoying light refreshments and games.   

Explore the USF Fitness Trail

Saturday, April 15th
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
Meet in front of St. Anselm’s Episcopal Chapel Center 


Join your fellow graduate students on a casual, relaxing walk around the USF Fitness Trail.  

Located behind Sycamore Field on the corner of USF Holly Drive & USF Sycamore Drive, the trail spans over 1.25 miles under a canopy of Florida trees. The route includes various exercise stations that can be integrated into your walk or run.

Don't miss this opportunity to engage in physical activity outside with other graduate students.  

CLICK HERE to view directions and parking information for the trail.

RSVP with Dr. Gary Oliver if you plan to participate.