Graduate Student Appreciation Week

April 7-13, 2025

Graduate Student Appreciation Week was started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students as a way to support and appreciate graduate and professional students. The week seeks to emphasize the contributions, impact, and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States. 


Winthrop will be celebrating the week with a variety of events for graduate students: some designed to boost your professional profile, help you connect with your community, or increase your sugar intake!

We look forward to celebrating all that is extraordinary about our Winthrop Graduate Students!


During this week, stop by the Graduate Studies Office or the main office of your college for a goodie bag of treats to get you through the rest of the semester! We’ll also have Appreciation Week pins which can get you discounts around town (see Local Vendor Discounts at the bottom of the page).


Social Media Challenge

Resume Workshop & Social Hour

Graduate Assistant Job Fair

Graduate Showcase Competition

Grad School 101

Local Vendor Discounts

Social Media Challenge


Instagram and Facebook



Have fun, be creative and connect with your Winthrop community!



Follow @winthropgradstudies and follow the daily prompts! Each post can get you entered for prizes!

Social Media Challenge Days

Example of last year's prompts.



Tier 1 Entries - Swag Bag. Tier 2 Entries - Hoodie. Tier 3 Entries - Semester of Free
                     Text Books

Example of last year's tiers.



  • Each participation post gets you one entry depending on your participation prize level.*

  • You must tag @winthropgradstudies in each post.

  • You must use #WinthropGSAW2025 and #winthropgradstudies in each post.

  • Please also mention which challenge day you are posting for so that we can track accurately.

  • Get bonus entries for liking or commenting on the challenge posts by @winthropgradstudies during that week.


We will announce winners on our socials in the following week!


*If you post three times during the week, you will get one entry into the hoodie raffle AND one into the swag bag raffle. Post 5 times and get one entry into all three raffles. 

**One prize per student – if chosen in multiple raffles, higher tier will be awarded.

***Hoodie purchased from the Winthrop University bookstore.


Resume Workshop & Social Hour



Join this interactive workshop on developing impactful resumes and CVs tailored to your career goals. Learn the differences between the two formats and gain insights into highlighting your skills, experiences, and achievements effectively. Elevate your career journey today!

Presented by Becky Ross, Director, Center for Career Development and Internships


Professional photographers will be on-site to take complementary digital headshots (normally $200) to level up your professional profile. Reserve a timeslot for your free headshot now!


Graduate faculty and staff also will be on hand for a social hour with drinks and snacks. Stop by to say hi!


Graduate Assistant Job Fair



Are you looking for an assistantship for the summer or fall? Stop by and talk to a number of departments and programs that are looking to hire!


Want to search now for open positions? Click here!


Graduate Showcase Competition


Graduate Showcase Group Poster Session


The Graduate Showcase Group Poster Session was created as a way for groups to participate in the competition and excitement of the 3-Minute Graduate Showcase. This is a contest that challenges graduate students to summarize their group research within the confines of a 30”x40” poster for presentation to a general audience.


Cash prizes will be awarded to each member of the winning group, as chosen by audience vote.


Find submission information and presentation details on the Graduate Showcase webpage.


3-Minute Graduate ShowcaseCultural Event Credit Logo


The Three Minute Graduate Showcase (3MGS) modifies the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition created by the University of Queensland—a contest that challenges graduate students to summarize their research within three minutes to a general audience. The University of Queensland developed the contest in 2008 to help graduate students improve their oral communication skills.


Cash prizes will be awarded to first place, second place, and to a “People’s Choice” winner chosen by audience members.


Find submission information and presentation details on the Graduate Showcase webpage.


Graduate Arts Showcase



Public talk covering the thesis research and supporting artwork exhibition of one or more of our MFA students. 


Grad School 101


Are you or someone you know thinking about grad school?

Want to know more about the application process?


Hear how to put your best foot forward when choosing and applying to ANY graduate school or doctoral program. You’ll gain an inside look into the application process from an admissions’ viewpoint, while learning the do’s and don’ts.


Local Vendor Discounts

Thank you to the local vendors listed below who gave out great discounts to our graduate students who came in during this week proudly wearing their pin! 

Yellow Proud Winthrop Graduate Student Pin

* Discounts were for the student wearing the pin.

** Alcohol purchases are only for students 21 and over.


Local Vendors who offered discounts for wearing the pins:

Adventure Air Sports


American Cornhole League


Bareknuckle Barbershop


Canaan Zipline Canopy Tours


Clutch Coffee Bar (Rock Hill) 


Corks, Cooks & Books


Dank Burrito Rock Hill


The Flipside Restaurant


Green Space Plant Co.


Hoppin' Rock Hill


The Journeyman Tavern


Knowledge Perk (Rock Hill)


The Local Scoop (Rock Hill)


Long Bottom Meats


The Mercantile


Middle James Brewing (Rock Hill)


Milk Cha Cha


NC Noodle Bar


Ninety's Dessert Bar


Nothing Bundt Cakes (Rock Hill)


Richie's Italian Bistro at Riverwalk


Rock Hill Coffee


RoCo Rotisserie & Bar (Rock Hill)


Sleeping Giant Distillery



Local Vendors who always offer discounts to Winthrop students with a Winthrop ID:

Adventure Air Sports

$17 for 90 minutes on Fridays

Bajo Cero San Marcos

15% off on Wednesdays

Bareknuckle Barbershop

$3 off

Burgers & Barley

10% off

Chilango Tacos y Mas

Meal deal and 10% off


10% off

Freeman's Drycleaners

Community discounts offered M-W

Ninety's Dessert Bar

10% off

Old Town Kitchen & Cocktails

10% off

Rock Taco

10% off

Sub Station II

10% off



Questions about Graduate Student Appreciation Week? Contact us at or 803/323-2204.

Have an event idea that you’d like to see? Or a way we can improve this week? We want to hear from you!