Graduate Student Digest

November 2017

GA Summer Tuition Waivers
SIUE Graduate School Apparel Sale!
Spring Commencement CHANGE
Free Startup Development Webinar

GA Summer Tuition Waivers

Recently changes were made to Policy 4F1, the policy outlining the qualifications and requirements for the graduate assistant summer tuition waiver. Starting with the summer of 2018, students wishing to utilize the waiver can use it for only up to 10 credit hours and can only apply it to courses that count toward completion of their current degree program. All of the normal eligibility requirements to qualify as a graduate assistant also apply. To see the full policy, click here.

Students who have served the previous fall and spring as a graduate assistant and meet the eligibility requirements may apply once for a summer tuition waiver.  This waiver does not require you to work in the summer and can be applied up to 10 credit hours. 

General Assistants who receive tuition waivers in excess of $5250 per calendar year are required to report taxable income for the amount that exceeds $5250.  The taxation fo the summer tuition waiver is based on the student's classification in the preceding spring term.  General assistants (not research or teaching assistants) will have the summer taxes withheld from their fall paychecks, or, if no position is held in the fall, will be responsible for the taxable income when they file their annual taxes.

SIUE Graduate School Apparel Sale!

The SIUE Graduate School is now taking orders for apparel! Check out the link below for new Graduate School gear. 

Orders can be made online until Friday, November 17th. For convenience when ordering, students may choose to have their order shipped directly to their residence or choose to pick up their order at the Graduate School office. The Graduate School office is located on the second floor on Rendleman Hall.

Orders can be picked up during normal business hours (M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm) during the week of December 4th.  If you are unable to pick up your items during normal business hours, you will need to mail your items to your home. 

If students do not pick up their orders by December 20, 2017, items will be donated.  

Spring Commencement CHANGE

SIUE is adjusting its Spring 2018 Commencement schedule to accommodate growth at the event and create an even better experience for the graduates and their guests.  The Graduate School ceremony will be held in the Vadalabene Center on Friday, May 4 at 6:30pm.

“We are making a serious effort to ensure that all of the graduates’ family members and guests are able to see their graduate receive their degree in person, and have the most enjoyable experience possible,” said SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook. “We had reached a state where our growth was forcing some to view their graduates via video from another location within the Vadalabene Center because the arena was at maximum capacity, and we decided that adjustments were necessary.”

For the first time, SIUE will present Friday ceremonies during the day. The School of Business will begin the schedule with a 10 a.m. exercise on Friday, May 4 in the Vadalabene Center (VC). The School of Nursing will follow in the afternoon at 2 p.m. by combining both its traditional pinning and commencement exercises into one ceremony. The first day will conclude with the Graduate School at 6:30 p.m.

The School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) will start Saturday, May 5, in the VC at 8:30 a.m. The first of two College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) ceremonies will begin at 12:30 p.m. The School of Pharmacy will combine its traditional hooding and graduation ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom. The second CAS ceremony will combine with the School of Engineering for the final exercise in the VC at 5 p.m.

Strategic projections utilizing past attendance foresee VC attendance figures surpassing 75 percent capacity for each of the various ceremonies.

“Commencement is the culminating experience for our students and their families,” Pembrook said. “We want everyone to enjoy this experience as a special moment in time, and we think these changes will help ensure that outcome.”

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