Graduate Orientation

Graduate Orientation runs from September 3 through September 9 and includes events and informational programming for all incoming graduate students. Below you will find an outline of events for each day. If you have any questions please contact orientation@risd.edu.


Sunday, September 3

ARROW

Please be prepared to present valid photo identification (license, passport, military ID etc.) at orientation check-in.

  • Breakfast
    The Met
    8–11am
  • Move In
    various locations
    8am–2pm
  • Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE) Open House
    Ewing House
    9–11am
  • Information Center
    Carr House Conference Room
    9am–3pm
  • Health Services Check In/Immunization Clinic
    The Met C
    9:30am-2:30pm
  • Resources Fair
    Upper Met
    10am–1pm
  • Welcome
    Metcalf Auditorium
    2–2:45pm
  • Reception for Graduate Students
    Moore Terrace
    3–4:30pm
  • BBQ Dinner
    Nickerson Green
    5:30–7:00pm
  • African Drumming Troupe
    Nickerson Green
    8:30–11:00pm


Monday, September 4

ARROW
  • Morning Reflection (optional)
    Fones Cottage
  • Breakfast
    The Met
  • Health and Wellness
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • Public Safety
    Metcalf Auditorium
  • Travel to Tillinghast
  • Lunch/Activities/Beach
    Tillinghast Place
  • Travel to Campus
  • Dinner
    The Met
  • Late Nite Campus Hop
    Nickerson Green
  • Printmaking Social
    contact department for details

Tuesday, September 5

ARROW
  • Morning Yoga (optional)
    Catanzaro Student Fitness Center
  • Breakfast
    The Met
  • Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Orientation Session
    345 South Main Street
  • Convocation
    RISD Auditorium
  • Graduate Student Academic Advising
    various locations
  • Interior Architecture
    CIT 103
  • Jewelry + Metalsmithing
    contact department for details
  • Printmaking
    contact department for details
  • Teaching + Learning in Art + Design
    345 South Main Street
  • Lunch
    The Met
  • Title IX
    Fleet Library 228
  • Guided Discussion at the Museum
    RISD Museum
  • Night at the Museum
    Museum

Wednesday, September 6

ARROW
  • Walking/Running Groups (optional)
    Catanzaro Student Fitness Center
  • Breakfast
    The Met
  • Careers @ RISD
    RISD Auditorium
  • Campus Tours
    various locations
  • Lunch Option 1: Work Study
    The Met
  • Lunch Option 2: Museum
    The Met
  • Lunch Option 3: RISD Research
    The Met A
  • Ceramics Orientation Session and BBQ
    contact department for details
  • Family Meet and Greet
    Graduate Commons
  • Painting Meeting
    contact department for details
  • Library Introduction
    Fleet Library
  • Reception Hosted by Library
    Fleet Library


Thursday, September 7

ARROW
  • Classes Start

Friday, September 8

ARROW
  • RISD Unites
    The Quad

Saturday, September 9

ARROW
  • Welcome Back Block Party
    Benefit Street
  • After Block Party
    Nickerson Green