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0121 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Graduate Student Kickoff

Prepare yourselves for a FREE, fun-filled welcome event for both new and returning Grad Students!!  Hosted by Graduate Student Life, Kickoff will feature a wide array of activities held throughout the Stamp Student Union, including FREE FOOD AND DRINKS, speed friending, a photobooth, dance lessons, craft activities, bowling, billiards, giveaways, prizes and information on UMD resources!

Kick-Off 2016 will take place on September 1st from 4-9pm. Please join the fun and get to know your fellow GradTerps!

Grad Kick-Off Schedule



September 1st, 2016 4:00-9:00PM

Check out the schedule below!!

3:45pm - 8:00pm:   Information Table Open-  Main Lobby

Get all of the information you need about Graduate Student Kickoff.  Sign in and pick up a wristband to be eligible for your free t-shirt, activities, and prizes, pick up your $10 Terrapin Express dining card, grab an event schedule, and get help finding any activity locations HERE!

4:00pm – 6:00pm:   Speed Friending-  Atrium 

Meet new and returning graduate students in a low-pressure, fun environment! A great way to make new friends and enjoy the rest of the Kickoff event activities together!

4:00pm - 5:30pm:   Resource Fair -  1st Floor Around the Balcony

Come find out more about graduate student-specific services, chat with representatives from various resource centers from our sponsors, the Graduate School, folks from around the Stamp, and offices around the campus!  


4:00pm - 8:00pm:   PhotoBooth-  Grand Ballroom Room

 Grad a friend (or a few!!) and create a fun photo souvenir of Graduate Student Kickoff!

4:00pm – 8:00pm:   Dine with Friends-  Baltimore Room

Grab a spot and make new friends over dinner. Use your $10 Terrapin Express Dining Card at any Stamp Vendor. More information about the vendors and their hours here:

6:00pm - 8:00pm:   Dance LessonsGrand Ballroom Room

Learn a new dance or enjoy an old favorite from our seasoned dance instructors! 

Dance Lesson Schedule:

6:00-6:45pm: Salsa | 7:00-7:45pm: Bollywood

5:30pm – 8:30pm:   Color Me Terp-  Art & Learning Center

Tap into your creative side and paint a ceramic turtle to take home! While supplies last.

5:00pm - 8:00pm:   Carnival and Board Games- Prince George's Room

  Test your skills at our mini Carnival! Earn raffle tickets for our great prizes to be raffled off at the end of the evening in the TerpZone! OR you can play board games with friends, including some life size games!

6:00pm - 9:00pm:   GradTerp Night at the TerpZone - 
Including Karaoke

Show your Graduate Student Kickoff wristband and eat, sing and play for FREE! Snacks, karaoke, bowling, billiards, and our end of the night raffles are waiting for you and your new friends! Enter for your chance to win some great prizes- including kitchen items, camping gear, a nutri-bullet, Kindle, UMD Football box seats, AND SO MUCH MORE!

*up to 1000 t-shirts given out throughout the night, only one per graduate student, must be in attendance to receive the shirt

2016 Kick-Off is sponsored by: 

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Relive the fun of last year's event by checking out our Facebook album.