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Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2700

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning hosts events each year for prospective and current graduate students. View the list of events for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year below. 

Graduate Open House
Graduate school information/recruiting events
On-campus events
  • OU's Are you Ready for College Resource Fair
    • Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Executive MBA information session
  • Graduate school information table
    • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
    • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
    • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm 
    • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
  • Graduate open house
    • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
      • Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms
      • 5 pm - 7 pm
Off-campus events
  • Mid-SURE conference and Graduate School Fair
    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • Michigan State University
  • Graduate Expo at IUPUI 
    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • The Ohio State University Graduate School Expo
    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    • Ohio State University
  • University of Windsor Graduate Fair
    • Monday, September 24, 2018
    • University of Windsor
  • NBMBAA - Empoweing Visionaries 
    • Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    • Detroit, MI
  • BSGU Graduate School Fair
    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • Bowling Green State University
  • WMU Graduate and Professional School Fair
    • Monday, October 22, 2018
    • Barnard Center Ballroom, Western Michigan University
  • MSU Graduate School Fair
    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • Michigan State University 
  • GVSU Graduate School Fair 
    • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    • Grand Valley State University
Online events
  • Virtual graduate open house 
    • available soon
  • International virtual graduate open house
    • available soon
Graduate student orientation

New and current students are invited to attend an orientation to learn about academic policies and processes that impact their graduate student experience. 

Students can review our presentation from Tuesday, January 30, 2018 and contact us if there are any questions or concerns. 

Graduate assistant orientation

Current graduate assistants are invited to attend an orientation to learn about academic policies and processes that impact their graduate assistantship experience. 

For more information about graduate assistantships visit our financial assistance page

Ph.D. students get-together

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning is inviting all Ph.D. students to a monthly get-together for the purpose of building a Ph.D. students community and to discuss topics of interest to all Ph.D. students. Our focus is to create a doctoral students community where students can share experiences and discuss topics of interest to them. 

We have scheduled the following dates from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

Dissertation 101: Monthly programming for graduate students and their supervisors

Oakland University Writing Center, OU Libraries, and the Office of Graduate Study have partnered to provide 1) OU's graduate students with research and writing support for their theses and dissertations and 2) their supervisors with tools to better support them. 

Each session addresses a specific writing/research challenge, such as:

  1. Transitioning from course-based writing (and thinking) to the capstone project
  2. Soliciting revision-focused feedback from your supervisor
  3. Conducting a comprehensive search of the literature
  4. Framing the literature review for different purposes
  5. Representing statistical tests and results within your study
  6. Avoiding plagiarism and understanding fair use
  7. Revising and resubmitting an article with editorial feedback

Note: Additional presentations will be added soon, so check the OUWC website again later this month. 

Do you need professional one-on-one feedback? Schedule a graduate consultation at the writing center by calling (248) 370-3120 or by scheduling online

Graduate teaching assistant series

How will your skills and experience as a graduate student translate to your own classroom? This fall workshop series will introduce basic components of successful teaching, with opportunities to develop pedagogy and practice teaching skills. Skills include developing a syllabus, methods of presenting content and enhancing student learning, classroom management and assessing student performance. This series will help graduate students who are teaching assistants or who are interested in becoming future faculty members. 

Attend orientation and register for the whole series at

*There is no cost to OU graduate students. Students who attend the full series will receive a certificate upon completion.

Graduate students end of semester social party

Join your fellow graduate students and the Dean of Graduate Education for an evening of mingling, conversation and fun! Light refreshments will be provided.  

  • Available Soon
Graduate student research conference

Graduate Study and the Office of Research Administration hosted the 2018 Graduate Student Research Conference on Friday, March 9, 2018 in the Oakland Center. This was a great opportunity to learn about graduate students' research, to network with students and faculty, and to hear from the keynote speakers Dr. Susan Bowyer and Dr. Paul Sieving. 

  • Save the date: The next graduate student research conference is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019. 

For a complete overview including presentation times, locations and guest speakers view the following online booklets: