Spartan GOLD Orientation Schedule

For those in the Spartan GOLD Orientation group, we suggest you arrive on campus early enough before your session to attend the activities outlined below. We also encourage you to get your name tags any time after 8:15 a.m. at the name tag tables so that you can go to the Student Union Ballroom immediately at 10:00 a.m. 

For a pdf version of the Spartan GOLD Orientation group schedule click here.




8:00 – 09:45

Resource Fair

Campus Tours

Library Tours

Paseo de Cesar Chavez; See Map for Tour Locations

8:15 – 09:45

Pick up name tags and gift bags

Paseo de Cesar Chavez – Student Union

09:30 – 10:00

Get to Know Each Other – Icebreaker Fun!

International Student and Scholar Services

Student Union Ballroom

10:00 – 10:10

Welcoming Remarks
Sharon Willey, AVP Admin and Enrollment Services

Student Union Ballroom

10:10 – 11:25

Diversity: Maximizing Your Education at SJSU
Kathleen Wong(Lau), Chief Diversity Officer and Facilitators

Student Union Ballroom

11:25 – 11:55

A Professor’s POV

Kathleen Roe, Professor, Health Science & Recreation

Student Union Ballroom

 11:55 – 12:00

Announcements:  Lunch and Directions for attending 2nd half of program in the Concert Hall

Student Union Ballroom


12:00 – 12:45

Lunch on the Smith/Carlos Lawn

Eat lunch and chat with current SJSU students

Smith/Carlos Lawn


12:45 – 01:00

Check into the Concert Hall, Music Building

Concert Hall Music Building

01:00 – 01:10

GAPE Presentation
Tricia Ryan, Director Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations

Concert Hall Music Building

01:10 – 01:30

Graduate Studies Presentation
Beverly Grindstaff, Interim Associate Dean GUP

Concert Hall Music Building

01:30 – 01:40

Career Services Presentation
Career Consultants

Concert Hall Music Building

01:40 – 01:50

Activity Break – Wake Up!

Kirky Kirkendall, Recreation Manager

Concert Hall Music Building

01:50 – 02:30

Student Panel: Benefits and Pitfalls of Grad School

Moderated by Leann Cherkasky Makhni, Director, IHouse


Concert Hall Music Building

02:30 – 03:00

Resource Panel: 

Where?/How Do I?/What If?

Moderated by Cheryl Cowan, Graduate Studies Associate

Concert Hall Music Building

03:00 – 03:10

Final Thoughts?  Questions?

Concert Hall Music Building


Domestic students are dismissed and are welcome to return to the reception.

International students move to Student Union for immigration session.


03:20 – 4:15

International Student Immigration Session
Speakers:  International Student and Scholar Services

Student Union Ballroom

04:15 – 5:30 

Welcome Global Spartans!  Graduate Student Reception
Sponsored by: International Student and Scholar Services

Student Union West Patio


*you must be registered for a specific time to attend a campus and/or library tour through the tour registration survey emailed to all students. Please remember to print out and bring your confirmation email with you to registration once you have completed the survey.