The ninth annual Graduate Education Week at Virginia Tech begins on Monday, March 23 with a student appreciation luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown Multipurpose Room on the university's main campus in Blacksburg, Va.

“There is no better way to begin our week of celebration than to say thank you to Virginia Tech’s graduate students for their many contributions to the advancement of learning and research here,” said Karen DePauw, Ph.D., vice president and dean for graduate education.

March 23 through 27 daily activities are scheduled for graduate students as well as faculty and staff. Activities include a panel presentation on finding employment after graduate school, an induction ceremony for Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the only honor society dedicated exclusively to graduate and professional students, and seminars on mentoring and leadership.

On Wednesday the Graduate Student Association Research Symposium and Exposition will review the latest research produced by the Virginia Tech graduate student community. The symposium will be held in the Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A complete Graduate Education Week schedule may be found online. Unless otherwise noted, Graduate Education Week activities are free and open to the public.