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The Annual Meeting begins with pre-meeting workshops on Wednesday, December 7 followed by the New Member and First Time Attendee Meet and Greet at 5:00 pm and the Opening Reception at 6:00 pm.

The main program begins on Thursday, December 8 at 8:30 am. The Annual Meeting program includes informative plenary and concurrent sessions on the issues most pressing to the graduate education community. Sponsored breakfasts and lightning sessions round out the program along with the exhibit hall which will be open on December 8 and 9.

Plenary Sessions
  • “The Supreme Court and the Future of Diversity in Higher Education-LaPidus Lecture” presented by Gary Orfield
  • “Master’s and Doctoral Education and the Future of Work” presented by Matt Sigelman
  • “Catalyzing Innovation and Progress: A Conversation with Luis von Ahn” presented by Luis von Ahn
  • “Ethical Leadership for Graduate Deans” presented by C.K. (Tina) Gunsalus
  • “Purpose and Resilience in Graduate Education: What Matters Most and How to Make it Happen” presented by Christine Whelan
  • Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®): Showcase and Roundtable Discussion
Concurrent Sessions
  • New Models for Graduate Education Collaborations with/and in Africa
  • Stewards of Place: Regional Comprehensive Universities and their Importance to State and Local Communities
  • Making an Impact: Rethinking PhD Training through Community Engagement
  • The New Face of Graduate Student Affairs
  • Contemporary Approaches to Master’s Admissions
  • Beyond Grant Writing: Preparing Humanities PhD’s to Navigate the World of Sponsored Projects
  • Teaching the World: Mentoring in a Global Context
  • A Place to Be: A Focus on Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Using Data to Right-Size Graduate Programs
  • Empowering Universities’ Master’s and Doctoral Students for Tomorrow: The Humanities Without Walls Consortium and New Pathways for Graduate Training
  • Beyond Three-Minute Thesis: Expanding Graduate Students’ Ability to Communicate their Research to Multiple Audiences
  • Creating Community and Program Inclusivity and Support
  • Addressing Enrollment Staffing Challenges
  • Technology and Tools in Graduate Enrollment Management
  • Voice of the Online Graduate Learner
  • Creating a Transparent Student Experience: Best Practices to Improve Graduate Student Success


Lightning Round Sessions

These 30-minute sessions are opportunities to learn about solutions to some of the most pressing challenges on your campus. Don’t miss the chance to hear from industry leaders about their recent work with graduate schools, and to help shape their future products and services.  Session topics include:

  • Skills and Training: Helping Researchers Develop the Confidence to Achieve their Full Potential-sponsored by Nature Portfolio
  • Recruit, Empower, and Celebrate Student Success-sponsored by Academic Analytics
  • Harnessing Video to Improve Opportunity, Fairness, and Success-sponsored by CollegeNet
  • Identifying, Measuring, and Supporting Mental Well-Being in Today’s Graduate Students-sponsored by Vector Solutions
LaPidus Lecture

The LaPidus lecture will be presented at the opening plenary session on Thursday, December 8 at 8:45 am. This lecture was established to honor the late Jules LaPidus, a past-president of CGS. The lecture is delivered each year by an international leader and visionary thinker. Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law, will deliver the 2022 lecture, “The Supreme Court and the Future of Diversity in Higher Education.”

CGS Awards Luncheon

On Thursday, December 8, the Annual CGS Awards Luncheon will honor the exemplary work of graduate students and graduate schools. Recipients of the Gustave Arlt Award, the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertations Awards, the CGS/ETS Award, the Debra W. Stewart Award and the Assistant and Associate Deans Leadership Award will be announced.