Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week — an annual celebration of MIT’s graduate students — will take place April 11-17, 2022.

Our an annual celebration of MIT’s graduate students will take place April 11-17, 2022.

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Free coffee or tea at Darwin’s (M-F, 8am until 3pm)

313 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Starting Monday, April 11, saunter over to Darwin’s Ltd. (313 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge) any day Monday through Friday and present your MIT grad student ID for a free small-sized cup of drip coffee or hot tea while supplies last. Limit one per grad student, please.

Giveaway: Free beach towels!

Form opens Wednesday, April 6

We have 50 beach towels just waiting for your road trips, picnics, and outdoor movie nights! All you have to do is follow GradLink — the OGE’s social media channels designed to support, inform, and make you smile.  

Find us on Instagram (@MITGradLink), Twitter (@MITGradLink), and/or Facebook (@MIT Grad Link), follow, then fill out a short form with your MIT email address to enter.

New and existing followers alike are eligible! Recipients will be randomly selected from all those who fill out the form. 

Please complete the form only once. Duplicate entries will be removed. The 50 recipients will be identified on Friday, April 15.

Your MIT email address will only be used to provide pickup details for your beach towel. 

Raffle for Grad Students with Children

Raffle opens Wednesday, April 6

Grad students with children: Enter a raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Henry Bear’s Park Toy Store in Porter Square — there will be 20 winners! Submit your entry (limit 1 per grad family) by noon on Friday, April 15. The drawing will take place Friday afternoon.

Monday, April 11

Chair massages (Registration required)

W20-491 / 11:00am-3:30pm / Register for chair massages starting Wednesday, April 6

Start the week out right — treat yourself to a free chair massage! Register in advance to secure your 15 minute slot. Your neck and shoulders will thank you!

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education.

Tuesday, April 12

Destress for grad women (Drop-in)

Stata Amphitheater / 9:30-11am

Graduate student women and nonbinary individuals, drop by Stata Amphitheater to relax for a bit! There will be music, free donuts, coloring pages, and the opportunity to pot a succulent plant to take home. Bring your friends, meet someone new, or simply grab a donut on your way to class!

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education.

Plant your own lucky bamboo (Drop-in)

Bush Room (10-105) / 4-5pm

Fill a glass vase with your choice of pebbles and shoots of bamboo. Will you choose 1 stalk to enhance truth or commitment? 2 stalks for love? Or 3 stalks for happiness or a new beginning? Plant your selection and bring some luck to your home or workspace! 

Available while supplies last.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.

Wednesday, April 13

Chair massages (Registration required)

W20-491 / 11:00am-3:30pm / Register for chair massages starting Wednesday, April 6

Start the week out right — treat yourself to a free chair massage! Register in advance to secure your 15 minute slot. Your neck and shoulders will thank you!

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education.

HipStory Community Night at the Open Space
(Registration recommended; dinner first-come, first-served)

Kendall Square Open Space / 5pm / Register for HipStory

Soak in the spring with multi-digital media artist, musician, organizer & filmmaker Cliff Notez, presented in collaboration with HipStory. Award-winning multi-digital media artist, musician, organizer & filmmaker Cliff Notez’ art is a continuous exploration of the black mind. Rooted in hip hop, their art tackles the political and the personal, exploring the intimate consequences of a society where black bodies are easily ignored, forgotten, or disregarded.

Free burritos will be provided to 150 attendees (first come, first served)! This event is open to the whole MIT and Kendall Square community, so feel free to bring your friends.

Hosted by the Kendall Square Open Space. Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education.

Speed-friending with MIT alumni: Skip the Small Talk
(Registration required)

Virtual / 7pm-8:30pm / Register for Skip the Small Talk starting Wednesday, April 6

Want to have some engaging casual chats with MIT alumni and other current grad students? Skip the Small Talk is a great chance to have meaningful conversations with grad students and alumni you haven’t met before! You’ll be paired with a series of others for brief conversations with prompts designed to foster connection and friendship. 

Sign up to receive a Zoom link. Signups will close when full.

Sponsored by the MIT Alumni Association.

Thursday, April 14

GradDiversity meet and greet
(Register for lunch; drop-in for raffle)

Building 3-107 / 11:30am-1:30pm / Register for GradDiversity meet and greet lunch starting Wednesday, April 6

Come to our new office space to say hi! We will have grab-and-go lunches and small giveaways for those who register. Didn’t register? Stop by anyway and enter our raffle for some lovely gift boxes! We can’t wait to see you. 

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education.

A very merry unbirthday to YOU! (Drop-in)

Walker Lawn / 2-4pm

Do you like sweet treats and presents? Did you miss attending birthday parties over the last two years? If the answer to either of those questions is “yes,” stop by Walker Lawn for some treats, tea, prizes, croquet, and more! Let CAPD celebrate you and all that you do for our MIT community! Rain date TBD.

Hosted by Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD).

Speed-friending with grad students: Skip the Small Talk
(Registration required)

Grier Room (34-401) / 7-8:30pm / Register for Skip the Small Talk starting Wednesday, April 6

Want to have some engaging casual chats with other current grad students? Skip the Small Talk is a great chance to have meaningful conversations with grad students you haven’t met before! You’ll be paired with a series of others for brief conversations with prompts designed to foster connection and friendship. 

Signups will close when full.

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education.

Friday, April 15

Paint night (Registration required)

Grier Room (34-401) / 7-8:30pm / Register for paint night starting Wednesday, April 6

Want to stretch your creativity? Give painting a try! Grad students will get step-by-step guidance from a professional artist through an evening of painting. You’ll be welcome to follow along or create something of your own! No experience necessary – all levels welcome.

Open to first 50 registrants. All supplies provided.

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education.

Saturday, April 16

Family-friendly yoga (Registration required)

Kendall Square Open Space / 11am / Register for yoga

Start the weekend with a yoga practice geared towards kids and their families, instructed by Marlene Boyette. This event is open to the whole MIT and Kendall Square community.

Want to enjoy some morning yoga, but don’t have children? Come anyway! While this program is appropriate for children aged 4-8, all are welcome.

Hosted by the Kendall Square Open Space.

Walking tour of Boston (Registration required)

2-4pm / Register for a walking tour starting Wednesday, April 6

Get outdoors and enjoy some early spring weather! Join former MIT staff member and professional city tour guide Ed Ballo for a two hour walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail. The trail is a red line on the pavement that leads past 16 different historic sites and was created 60 years ago. Wear walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. 

Space for this event is highly limited, and sign-up is required. Please let us know if you can’t make it so the spot can be opened to someone on the waitlist.

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education.

Sunday, April 17

Walking tour of Boston (Registration required)

2-4pm / Register for a walking tour starting Wednesday, April 6

Get outdoors and enjoy some early spring weather! Join former MIT staff member and professional city tour guide Ed Ballo for a two hour walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail. The trail is a red line on the pavement that leads past 16 different historic sites and was created 60 years ago. Wear walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. 

Space for this event is highly limited, and sign-up is required. Please let us know if you can’t make it so the spot can be opened to someone on the waitlist.

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education.

If you have questions, email gradlink@mit.edu.