School of International Service

School of International Service Grad Day 2021

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Grad Day 2021

Welcome to the School of International Service's (SIS) Admitted Student Grad Day event site. We are so excited to share the day with you on Saturday, March 20!

While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way in which we connect with one another locally and around the world, we at SIS remain committed to training and educating future leaders to serve the global community. We welcome you to our online Grad Day and invite you to continue engaging with us in our virtual community and through upcoming events as you finalize your graduate school decision.

Info Desk

This resource room will be open from 10 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. on March 20. Feel free to pop in at any time with any questions about the day's events, submitting your deposit online, or other topics not covered in the sessions below.

Admissions Virtual Info Desk

Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 20, 2021


Current SIS students from a range of programs will share their experiences, including how they have connected and engaged with the SIS community, balancing full-time work and part-time school, engagement with faculty, publishing, internships, capstone options and more. Students will open up space for asking questions during the second half of the session.

Join the panel

Meet in a smaller group with other newly admitted students in your program, and hear from faculty about their research and work in the field. You will be automatically assigned into your breakout room, or may select to join your program session directly from the breakout room list.

Join the session

Lunch Break: 12:15-12:30 p.m.
(Zoom meeting will close during this time)



Director of Graduate Academic Advising, Marley Crutcher, will provide an overview of the master’s curriculum that highlights decision-points where you will be able to tailor your program to your own academic interests and professional goals. Marley’s session will provide food for thought that may prompt questions related to your specific program and how to make the best use of the options SIS provides to meet your goals. Take these questions into your advisor’s drop-in session immediately following Marley’s presentation.

Join now

This final session of the day will bring us all back together for closing comments and an informal get-together featuring a short live music performance and a few rounds of “SIS Fun Facts” Bingo. While the day's programming is scheduled to end by 3:00 p.m., we expect the informal gathering to extend a little later—we hope that you will grab a snack, get comfortable, turn on your camera, and stay online to enjoy this opportunity to engage with new classmates!

Join the closing session

Zoom Setup Requirements

In-Session Display Name

Each time you join or re-join the event, you must rename yourself to [First Name] [Last Name] and [Program Acronym] (for example, "Ann Smith, EPHR"). This is critical to help manage the security of the session, as well as assist you in quickly finding your Program specific breakout rooms.

Quick tip: to update your display name inside the session room, hover over your name on the "Participants" window, select "Rename" or "More" then "Rename" and enter the information above.

Breakout Rooms

We will be using breakout rooms throughout the day to provide an opportunity for smaller group discussion.

To ensure that you can quickly see and select your intended breakout room, check that the Zoom meeting window is maximized on your screen (we suggest joining the event from a laptop or desktop rather than a mobile device).

Please also ensure that you are running the most updated version of Zoom.

Stretch Breaks and In-Session Experience

Stretch breaks are built into the day and we encourage you to use this time to step away from your screen!

Inside the event session, we ask that you leave your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the room host to ensure a smooth audio experience for all. Feel free to turn on your video and utilize the chat box to engage with the session hosts and attendees throughout the day.