On Saturday, August 13, 2016, UTA Fort Worth Center welcomed all incoming graduate students with its annual New Student Orientation Day event. Over 120 new graduate students entered the halls of the Fort Worth Center, many visiting the downtown campus for the first time, quickly realizing that the convenience of earning your degree at the center begins well before classes start.
As a crowd of new students walk into the Library, they find a welcoming staff member ready to check their name off of a list, hand over a free parking hang tag and snap a quick picture. These pics are then sent to the main campus in Arlington to create student ID cards, which will then be sent back to Fort Worth to be delivered to each student. Fort Worth Center Director of Programming, Michael Wollman says, “We pride ourselves in offering accessible, top-quality graduate education in downtown Fort Worth. In order to accomplish this, we must also provide top-quality services that will contribute to the graduate student experience from the first day they step foot on campus.”
New Student Orientation Day is designed with a purpose greater than parking tags, student ID pictures, and presenting campus information – this event serves as the first step towards building lasting relationships with fellow members of each graduate cohort.