2017 First Year Receptions
This fall Cole Crittenden, deputy dean of the Graduate School and acting dean, hosted the third annual series of First Year Receptions at Wyman House. First Year Receptions were initiated by Sanjeev Kulkarni, former dean of the Graduate School, in order to provide an opportunity for new graduate students to dine in small groups and get to know one another, as well as the Graduate School staff and various campus partners. The student life staff of the Graduate School organize the receptions. Dean Crittenden continued the tradition by hosting new students and colleagues on eight different occasions. All first-year graduate students were given an opportunity to sign up to attend a reception, and about half of the incoming cohort attended.
Each reception begins with hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and mingling. Dean Crittenden then leads the group in a round of introductions that enables all present to learn a few things about the geographic, academic, and personal backgrounds of one another. Campus Dining provides excellent catering for a casual buffet dinner. Attendees are instructed that there is only rule for choosing where on the main floor of Wyman House they sit to dine: they must sit with at least one person whom they did not know before they arrived at the reception.
Wyman House is the official residence of the dean of the Graduate School and is located adjacent to the Graduate College, which is a historic residential complex for graduate students. The inviting atmosphere of Wyman House gives graduate students a setting to meet others outside of their departments and to form relationships across the greater Princeton University community. First Year Receptions are one of many programs and events that the Graduate School hosts for the graduate student community at Wyman House.