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Convocation, reception to mark grad student orientation

A convocation, welcoming reception, barbeque and guided tours are among the events planned this month to welcome Stanford's 1,391 new graduate students and their families.

The convocation will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Stanford President Donald Kennedy, Dean of Students Michael Jackson and representatives from the graduate student body will offer welcoming speeches and an introduction to graduate life.

The convocation will be followed by a reception, hosted by the dean of students, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Bechtel International Center.

"Teaching at Stanford," an orientation for future course assistants, teaching assistants and other interested instructors on campus, will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Terman Auditorium. Workshops and video presentations will be featured.

Also on Sept. 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., graduate student spouses and domestic partners are invited to a program at the Escondido Village Center, where they can find out about employment, child care, health care, campus activities, cultural events and religious groups.

The day will end with a welcome barbeque, co-sponsored by graduate residences and the graduate student association, at 5:30 p.m. in the Rains graduate housing complex.

Special orientation activities for new law students, business students, education students, minority graduate students and international students also will be held throughout the month.

More information is available from individual schools and departments, ethnic cultural centers or the Bechtel International Center at 725-1831.



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