New Student Orientation and Resources

Message from the Dean!


We are so happy to welcome you to your first semester as a UMES GradHawk!

As you begin your graduate education at UMES, the Graduate School would like to welcome you and offer you some inspiration, practical tips, and resources for the journey.

Please join us for New Graduate Student Orientation on Thursday, August 25, 2022, where I will host an amazing talk that will get you ready to tackle anything that comes your way at 1:00pm! To join my talk, please use the following link,, or join by phone (US) +1 413-370-4549, PIN: ‪379 895 095# More phone numbers:

The New Graduate Student Orientation will be online and will contain a wealth of useful information for incoming students. A designation tab has been created on the website at for orientation labelled “New Graduate Student Orientation.”

All orientation materials will remain on the Graduate Studies webpage for the remainder of the semester for easy access at any time. The orientation link has a wealth of information on how to register for the semester and enroll for classes, completing the payment confirmation, policies and procedures, important deadlines and information about the many resources available to graduate students at UMES. 

The Graduate School will host an open door day from 12:00pm – 3:00pm at the Graduate Studies Office Suite, EASC 3044, to answer any question you may have and provide assistance.

Do you have a question about orientation or the graduate school? Please email  

We invite you to share your orientation experience on social media with your fellow GradHawks, and with us, using the hashtag #NewGradHawks. Please also send us any questions you have at or call 410-651-8626 / 6507.

If you miss orientation or just want to review the policies and procedures, you can always do so on the graduate school website at

Welcome Grad Hawks! We are here to support you and see you soar above and beyond!

Dr. LaKeisha Harris

Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

*To help you navigate your way, organized below are essential downloads to get you informed.

“Staying healthy is key to success in graduate school. Regular self-care time are not only fun but also an effective way to de-stress.”

Mfon Nwabuoko, Doctoral Candidate, Education Leadership

“Explore life outside of grad school. Although your time on campus is dedicated to obtaining your degree, you also need time to engage in other aspects outside of academia. Consider joining the Graduate Student Government.”

Zoe Johnson, Ph.D. Graduate, Toxicology

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