Welcome Session and Student Panels

An official welcome from our Dean, Bob Pianta, presentations from our students regarding important resources and transition information. There will be time for Q&A from our new students.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00PM EST
New Student Wecome Video Recording

In Person Orientation - Fall Start On Grounds Graduate Students

Friday, August 20, 2021, 9:00AM - 4:00PM EST
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9 - 10:15 AM EST: Check in, Continental Breakfast and Welcome from Faculty and Deans

10:15 - 11:15 AM EST: Student Panels for PhD, EdD and Master’s Students

11:15 - 12:30 PM EST: All Graduate Student Resource Fair and Lunch Pick up

12:30 - 2:00 PM EST: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Meet and Greet Session

2:00 - 2:30 PM EST: Mid-Afternoon Coffee and Snack Break

2:30 PM - 4 PM EST: Department and Academic Program Meetings *Please note some programs will not meet at this time - schedule forthcoming*


Monday, August 23rd, 1 – 3 PM EST – In Person Orientation Experience for Undergraduate students (External, Internal and Direct Admits), Ground Floor Patio, Ridley Hall
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AUG 23, 2021 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
Gather with the entire EHD community and their families to kick-off the 2021/2022 Academic Year! BBQ, Connection, and Fun will be had by all! We will be back again in Breneman Courtyard between Ridley Hall and Bavaro Hall.

Register for this event or contact [email protected] with any questions

Movie Night: The Lego Movie

Saturday, August 21st, 5 PM EST
Movie Night: The Lego Movie - UVA Library Calendar - UVA Library (virginia.edu)

Let’s stream together from anywhere! Join us from your dorm room, home, outside on your laptop, with your friends, family, or pets to watch The Lego Movie.

Brought to you by the School of Education and Human Development Student Affairs Office and the Library. All titles will be provided for free through the Library’s streaming collection. Mark your calendars to watch with us Saturday, August 21 at 5pm. We will send the movie access link the day before the event.


Please note these dates are subject to change

Spring 2022
Tuesday, January 18th – Graduate Online Orientation

Summer 2022
Thursday, June 2nd - Summer Graduate Orientation

Fall 2022:
Wednesday, August 17th Online Welcome – All Fall start graduate students
Friday, August 19th - Graduate Orientation in Person
Monday, August 22nd - Undergraduate Orientation in person

Spring 2023:
Tuesday, January 18th – Graduate Online Orientation

Summer 2023: *tentative
Wednesday, June 7th and/or Thursday, June 8th

Welcome Back Program Meetings - New Students

If your program does not have a synchronous time listed for a program welcome back, please reach out directly to your program coordinator

Welcome Back Activities

Join us the first two weeks of classes and get to know our offices, student groups and the school community. More activities will be added as we get closer to the beginning of the Fall semester.

  • Ed Online Zoom Drop-ins

    Hosted by Ed Online and Canvas Support
    Have questions about Canvas, Zoom, or other learning technologies? Drop into the Ed Online and Canvas Support help hour(s)!

  • Hunter Student Research Conference Drop in Info Session

    Hosted by Hunter Student Research Conference
    Introducing HSRC, how to apply, and how to get involved with the planning committees

    • Monday, August 30, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - ZOOM
    • Contact - Melissa Lucas, [email protected]
  • The Black Scholars in Education and Human Development Writing Group

    Hosted by The Black Scholars in Education and Human Development Writing Group
    The Black Scholars in Education and Human Development Writing Group (BSWG) is a student-led initiative that provides space for Black doctoral students and postdocs to build community while supporting one another through the writing process. Our monthly writing sessions also feature informational presentations focused on skill building and academic career preparation from senior scholars and experienced student support professionals.

    On September 3rd, BSWG members will gather for drinks, food, and fellowship. The coordinators will discuss the history and mission of the organization, including a previous of 2021-22 topics and speakers.

    Those intersted in attending the welcome session or receiving BSWG updates should send an email to listed email address to subscribe to the listserve and recieve event information.

    • Friday, September 3, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Meriwether Springs Vineyard: https://www.meriwethersprings.com
    • Intended Audience - Black doctoral students and postdocs associated with any center or program at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development.
    • Contact - Edward Scott, Jr. or Miray Seward, [email protected]
  • EdCouncil

    Hosted by EdCouncil
    Join EdCouncil for Kona Ice and fun outdoor games - take this chance to get to know your new classmates or reconnect with old friends

    • Wednesday, September 8, 2021
    • 12 - 2 PM - Bavaro Courtyard
    • Contact - Sarah Lilly

Resources and Welcome Information

Orientation Presentation Videos

  • Orientation Fall 2020
  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion