Graduate Student Orientation

Preparing for Your First Semester

We want to make sure you experience a smooth transition to D'Youville. Before you begin your first semester, you'll be invited to attend a student orientation. At orientation, you'll get to know D'Youville people and become part of our community right away!

Make Your Reservation

Master's and doctoral students entering in the fall may register for a half-day orientation session in May, June or July. Our Connections Office coordinates these orientation sessions, in addition to a variety of other student services.

If you are starting D'Youville at any time other than September, contact Graduate Admissions for an orientation appointment. If you're a graduate physical therapy or occupational therapy major, you are required to attend our May orientation.

Registering for Orientation

Admitted students receive invitations to Graduate Student Orientation by email, starting in mid-April. You can register for Orientation by using the online registration link or by contacting the Connections Office.

  • Occupational Therapy students should contact Donna Bronschidle to register for orientation.
  • Physical Therapy students should contact Laura Aurelio to register for orientation.
  • Graduate nursing students will attend an individual advisement session over the summer.
    • Choice of Clinical Focus students should contact Dr. Mitchell to register for classes.
    • Family Nurse Practitioner students should contact Dr. Dunford to register for classes.

What Happens at Orientation

We understand that working professionals have busy schedules. So, we target orientations to address your specific needs. Group sessions begin promptly at the designated time (see dates & times below), include lunch and end with registration for classes. Here's what you can expect:

  • Meet with your academic advisor to plan your course schedule.
  • Find out about any program-specific requirements during your first semester.
  • Register for classes and receive a printed schedule.
  • Hear from D'Youville staff who will cover such practical matters as:
    • where to park and getting around campus
    • accessing library, information technology, and other services
    • how to finance your education
    • different payment plans available to you

Graduate Orientation Dates

  • Thursday, May 21
    Check-in at 8:30am
    Session begins at 9am
  • Tuesday, June 23
    Check-in at 3:30pm
    Session begins at 4pm
  • Tuesday, June 30
    Check-in at 8:30am
    Session begins at 9am
  • Friday, July 10
    Check-in at 8:30am
    Session begins at 9am
  • Tuesday, July 14
    Check-in at 8:30am
    Session begins at 9am


Contact the Connections Office at (716) 829-7766 or email

Contact Us

Connections Office
Jeffrey Platt, Associate VP, Student Affairs
Campus location: BFAC 101
Office Hours Mon-Thurs., 8:30 AM to 7 PM; Fri., 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone: (716) 829-7766


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