Summer 2022 Message From UF Graduate School Dean Nicole Stedman

Release Date: May 09 2022

Nicole Stedman, UF Graduate School Dean

Dear Students, Faculty, Administrators, and Staff,

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy,” wrote American musical genius George Gershwin in one of his best-known numbers. A beautiful song — but likely evidence that Mr. Gershwin was never in graduate school. After all, graduate education at the University of Florida certainly doesn’t slow down for the summer!

Over the 2022 Summer Semesters, our graduate students will still be quite busy taking courses, doing research, and laboring over theses, dissertations, and final projects.

And the UF Graduate School will be abuzz with much more than our daily business of curating curricula, securing funding, parsing data, and certifying degrees. Upcoming summer initiatives of ours include:

  • Our Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives’ (OGDI) BOE (Board of Education Summer Fellowship), running from June 22 through August 5, to welcome new Ph.D. and M.F.A. students and aid their transition to the Gator Nation and the Gainesville area before Fall 2022 kicks in. To learn more online about that very special program, click here: BOE Summer Fellowship.
  • Our Office of Graduate International Outreach’s (OGIO) “Getting Acquainted” Online Information Sessions for newly admitted Fall 2022 international graduate students, covering housing options in Gainesville, life in Gainesville, and student with families. Find out more by emailing OGIO Director Dr. Emilia Hodge at
  • Our Office of Professional Development’s (OGPD) GradStart, a new flexible, convenient hybrid orientation experience for new Fall 2022 graduate students, with in-person and online activities running August 1 through August 19. For more details and a calendar of events, click here: GradStart.

As we slide into summer, we’re all too aware that “livin’ ain’t easy” on a number of fronts, as our world continues to face challenges to public health and peace. But that is a reminder of the importance of graduate education, where open inquiry, critical thinking, and deep reflection are key to creating constructive solutions to knotty problems. It also prompts us to keep ever in mind our shared humanity and act accordingly, by practicing healthful self-care and good-neighborly consideration for all around us.

Finally, remember that the Graduate School is here for you! Learn more about our programs, services, and resources on our website: Visit our home base: 106 Grinter Hall. Or contact us at 352 392 6622 or

All the best to all of you during the 2022 Summer Semesters at UF — A, B, or C!

Go Gators!

Nicole L.P. Stedman, Ph.D.
Dean and Associate Provost
The Graduate School
University of Florida