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Graduate Student Orientation

As we welcome graduate students to the University of the Arts for study this fall, we have structured the programming as both an orientation for new graduate students and a reorientation for returning students. By convening all graduate students and faculty, we hope to showcase the vitality of the graduate education at UArts while inspiring you to strengthen existing connections and make new ones with your peers.

Programming will consist of both virtual and on-campus events. 

Graduate students will be emailed a link to a Canvas classroom that contains all pertinent information and links to meeting rooms on the first day of Orientation, Monday, Aug. 22. Additionally, each graduate department will be conducting its own program-specific orientation. Details will be emailed to the incoming class by your graduate program director.


Orientation Events Schedule


Monday, Aug. 22, 3–4:30 p.m. ET 

Virtual Orientation Live Presentation

  • Brief welcome address from the Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies, Erin Elman

  • Brief introductions from School Deans & Program Directors 

  • Canvas “Graduate Student Orientation” classroom overview 

  • Review of UArts vaccination policy 

  • Welcome from Director of International Student Programs, Mara Flamm 

  • Review of on-campus orientation events 

  • Break-out sessions with students & Program Directors

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2–4:30 p.m. ET 

Graduate Student Check-in  
Hamilton Hall, Admission Welcome Center (1st Floor)
320 S. Broad St.


Thursday, Aug. 25, 5–8 p.m. ET 

Graduate Student Welcome Reception
Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th St.

New and returning graduate students are invited to a welcome reception at the University's campus to celebrate the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. Spend the evening with students, faculty and staff. Contact to RSVP by Monday August 16.


The following sessions are optional and open to all students:


Opening Act


Gershman Hall ,Levitt Auditorium
401 S. Broad St. 

Caplan Recital Hall
211 S. Broad St., 17th Floor

President’s Garden
320 S. Broad St.

Opening Act is a unique welcome convocation for all new and incoming students in celebration of joining our UArts community of artists, faculty and staff. Featured welcomes include President David Yager and your school's Dean. Highlighted are student performances and artwork as well as faculty welcomes, all of which make your UArts Opening Act a tradition not to be missed!



Get ready to begin your time at UArts by completing these items before Orientation.