FALL WELCOME EVENTS: Saturday, August 24, 2024

2024 Fall Welcome Save the date flyer


All NEW and RETURNING Graduate & Professional Students are invited to attend the Graduate School’s Welcome &  Resource Fair on Saturday, August 24. COGS will be there!  More information coming soon!


Come celebrate new beginnings!  After the Graduate School Welcome & Resource Fair at the Union, make your way over to Benefactors Plaza (behind Chittenden Hall) for the COGS Fall Welcome Celebration. Join COGS, The Graduate School and other campus partners for an  in-person, outdoor afternoon of fun, friends, good food, games, music and more!  Coming from home? There’s plenty of close parking in ramp 6.  MORE PARKING INFO HERE: https://maps.msu.edu/interactive/ and here: Parking Office

map showing ramp 6 msu

Opportunities to Make New Friends!

Fall Welcome offers opportunities and activities to make new connections – with graduate and professional student peers, and the campus community. We hope you’ll make some new friends along the way!

We’ll have:

  • VIP guest speakers
  • Music and dancing courtesy of Impact Radio
  • Full array of fun lawn games & fun for the whole family
  • Caricature Artists
  • Facepainting courtesy of Just for Fun Ink!
  • Campus Partners with fun activities and great information &  resources for students & families
  • Fun surprises
  • Special treats  & fantastic food!

Fall welcome photo Fall Welcome 22 fall welcome with Sparty


2023:  Look Who Joined us!

All graduate and professional students, friends and families are welcome to join us! It’s a great time to engage with your fellow graduate students and learn about your campus community!


This event is FREE for MSU Graduate & Professional Students and their guests/families! No advanced registration required.

Please be prepared to fill out quick on-site registration form to receive wristband for entry to event space. There will be QR-Coded signs that will link to the form. Please show submission page from device to receive wristband. All attending MSU Graduate & Professional Students and their guests must register (students can register their guests on one form).   COGS staff will be able help register those who are not able to use their device for this.  Must have registered and receive wristband to be eligible for prizes!

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!

We couldn’t do it without our MSU Community! Sponsor donations directly impact our graduate and professional students, because supporting student connections = student success! If your college or department is listed here, please spread the love!  We are lucky to have a community supporting Spartan Graduate & Professional students!  Want to make a donation? Contact office@cogs.msu.edu

The Graduate School

Graduate Student Life and Wellness

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Broad College of Business

College of Education

College of Engineering

College of Human Medicine

College of Natural Science

College of Social Science

Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion

Office of Research & Innovation

MSU Rec Sports: Forest Akers Golf and Tennis Center

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Thank you to East Lansing Community Sponsors:

Insomnia Cookies

Detroit Wing Company

Grand Traverse Pie Company

Jolly Pumpkin


These area businesses have donated special treats, giveaway prizes or items to share with grad & professional students at the event. Thank you for being so welcoming! Email us at office@cogs.msu.edu if your business would like to participate as a sponsor for 2024!

University-wide Fall Welcome Events

Check out the Student Life & Engagement webpage for the full Fall Welcome 2023 schedule. There are tons of fun activities planned for ALL students to participate! It’s a great time to get to know your whole campus community.  Check it out here: https://studentlife.msu.edu/fall-welcome/events-fall-welcome/index.html

Photos Tell a Story!

Check out photo albums from some of our recent Fall Welcome events. We’re grateful for the lasting connections we have made with students, including many students who volunteered to help make the events run smoothly!  Grad & professional students at MSU are just the BEST!

Memorable Moments from our 2019 Fall Welcome Cookout: