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Category: Spring 2015

Dean’s Message

Dean Carol ShanklinSpring semester has been a busy and exciting time for the Graduate School team.  In collaboration with the Graduate Student Council (GSC), we initiated the Graduate Student Appreciation Week to recognize the numerous contributions that our graduate students make to K-State’s teaching, research, and outreach mission.  Many of the colleges planned activities for their graduate students during the week.  One of the highlights of the week was the GSC Graduate Student Recognition Event  where many of the accomplishments of our outstanding graduate students were recognized.

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2015 Spring Commencement

The Kansas State University Graduate School awarded 101 doctoral, 8 MFA degrees and 617 master’s degrees at the spring commencement ceremony held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 in Bramlage Coliseum.  During the ceremony, the honorary doctorate was awarded to  Nancy Kassebaum Baker who also presented the commencement address.  A reception was held immediately following the commencement, where family, friends, faculty, and K-State administrators gathered.

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2015 Graduate Alumni Reunion

The graduate classes of 1965 and 1990 returned to the Manhattan campus on April 16-17, 2015, to celebrate the inaugural Graduate School Reunion.   The reunion gave the attendees an opportunity to experience how the university campus has changed since they were students and participate in networking events that reconnected classmates, colleagues, faculty, current graduate students and K-State administrators.

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Graduate Student Achievements

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

The first ever campus wide graduate student appreciation week was celebrated April 6-11, 2015. Colleges and departments honored the graduate students by featuring special events, activities and free food in appreciation of their dedicated service and contributions to the teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach during the academic year. The inaugural Graduate Student Council Awards and Recognition Reception, held April 8 in the K-State Student Union, paid tribute to the notable achievements of the graduate students.

GSC members serving ice cream for graduate student appreciation week.
GSC members serving ice cream for graduate student appreciation week.

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K-State Alumna, Direct TV Exec Linda Simon Offers Career Advice

Linda Simon

Deciding to pursue a graduate degree is one of the hardest decisions a person will make. It is surely not a small investment. Yet, the relationships you make, the knowledge you gain and the experiences you receive are invaluable. If someone is looking for a great return on investment, look no further: A graduate degree will provide positive gains. For Linda Simon, K-State’s Graduate Alumni Fellow, her ROI for receiving a doctorate was measured in her successful career milestones.

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