New Student Orientation and Resources


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

Please join us for our mandatory new graduate student orientation on Thursday, August 24, 2023 from 9:00am – 1:00pm in Room 1088 of the Engineering and Aviation Science Complex (EASC). The new graduate student orientation will be in person and virtual and will contain a wealth of useful information for incoming students. A designated tab has been created on the website at for orientation labelled “New Student Orientation.”

Please register for orientation using the following link: Lunch will be provided and a campus tour for those who sign up when they register.

Note that this WILL BE an in-person orientation. Accommodations will be made ONLY for our weekend, online and off-campus programs such as Education Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Career and Technology Education and Cybersecurity Engineering Technology.

Do you have a question about orientation or the graduate school? Please email Dr. Wele Elangwe, Director of Graduate Student Services at or visit the Graduate School Office at EASC Suite 3044. For general questions or concerns, email us at any time at or call 410-651-8626/7966/6507.

Welcome GradHawks!

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

Dr. LaKeisha Harris

Dean, School of Graduate Studies

“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 (Dec 2022)

“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 (May 2022)

“Learning is fun, learning is tough too, but at UMES the support of our community – faculty, staff and other students bridges the gap that leads to success!”

Uchenna Nwonye, M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling (May 2024) and Ed.D. Education Leadership (May 2028)
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