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Graduate Orientation

Welcome New Graduate Students!

We are excited to have you join the NSU College of Psychology! Please see below for information about the New Student Orientation schedule, as well as departmental contact information and important links. (NOTE: THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED FREQUENTLY.)

Fall 2024 Orientation for Online Programs
(Counseling/ABA, CMHC, & School Counseling,
Forensic Psychology, General Psychology, and School Psychology-Specialist)
and Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regional Campus
(Miami, Orlando, Tampa Bay)
Tuesday, August 13, 2024
4:00 PM EST

Fall 2024 Orientation for Doctoral (Ph.D. & Psy.D.) & Specialist (Psy.S.)
Wednesday, August 14, 2024
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Fall 2024 Orientation for Experimental Psychology
Wednesday, August 14, 2024
2:00 - 5:00 PM EST

Fall 2024 Orientation for Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
(Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus)
Wednesday, August 14, 2024
4:00 - 6:30 PM EST

New Student Orientation

Your onboarding to the College is very important to us. So we have designed a process that consists of the following sessions:

Date / Time (Eastern Time)
Sessions / Topics
Complete prior to Tuesday, August 14, 2024.
  • Self-paced canvas course.
    • All confirmed students have been enrolled in this course. 
    • To access this course, go to After logging into the site, select "Canvas" and then "College of Psychology New Student Orientation Fall 2024".
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Induction Ceremony (Doctoral and Specialist students only.)
    • All incoming doctoral and specialist students are welcomed to attend an induction ceremony at the NSU Grande Oaks Golf Club.
    • Due to space restrictions, this event to limited to incoming students.
    • Additional information is listed below.


  • Pinning Ceremony (On campus Master's students only)
    • As part of the mandatory master's orientation session, on the Fort Lauderdale-Davie Campus, all incoming master's students will be participating in a pinning ceremony. The event will be in the Maxwell Maltz Building MAP.
    • More information is listed below.
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST (Online programs/Regional Campus)
  • Mandatory for online and regional campus Counseling, Forensic Psychology, and General Psychology students only.
    • NSU and program specific information
    • Zoom session (Session will be recorded.)
    • The schedule will be emailed to you.
Wednesday, August 14, 2024
from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm (Doctoral & Specialist)
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Experimental Psychology program)

  • Mandatory for Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and School Psychology students only.
    • NSU and program specific information
    • Maxwell Maltz Building MAP.
    • Lunch will be provided.
    • The schedule will be emailed to you.

Wednesday, August 14, 2024 from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
Counseling/CMHC (Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus) TBD

  • Mandatory for Counseling (Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus) students only.
    • NSU and program specific information
    • Maxwell Maltz Building MAP.
    • Refreshments will be provided.
    • The schedule will be emailed to you.

Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at
5:00 p.m.

  • Social event
    • All new students are welcome to attend a social at the NSU Carl DeSantis Hall of Fame (Fort Lauderdale-Davie Campus). Light refreshments and beverages will be provided
Date Recommended Pre-Sessions (via Zoom)
Wed, July 3, Noon ET Welcome: Get Ready for Success
Wed, July 10, Noon ET Introduction to Technology and Artificial Intelligence/Academic Integrity
Wed, July 17, Noon ET Meet the leaders of the NSU College of Psychology
Wed, July 24, Noon ET Life in South Florida with GSGA
Wed, July 31, Noon ET Mental Health Check-up
Wed, August 7, Noon ET History of NSU and the College of Psychology
Tues, September 10, Noon ET Starting the Conversation for Suicide Prevention


College of Psychology Induction Ceremony

As a way to formally acknowledge our new doctoral and specialist students as they start their graduate journey with us, the College will be having an induction ceremony during the graduate student orientation. This ceremony is similar to the “white coat ceremony”, which is traditional in many clinical and medical programs.

This event will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2024 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the NSU Grande Oaks Golf Club (3201 West Rolling Hills Circle, Davie, FL 33328) MAP

The induction ceremony will serve as a rite of passage and emphasize the importance of compassionate, collaborative, evidence-based care as incoming students mark their transition from undergraduate to emerging professional.

New students will be asked to commit to self-care and to care for each other, their future clients, and the communities they serve. While advised that training will be tough, they will be surrounded by faculty and others who will serve as their mentors and role models through the completion of their training.

During the ceremony, College of Psychology faculty will present a College of Psychology cardigan to each student. (Due to space restrictions, the ceremony is limited to incoming students.)


College of Psychology Pinning Ceremony

To symbolize the start of the academic journey of our master’s students, College of Psychology faculty will be awarding a specially designed lapel pin to each student during the orientation session. This pin is engraved with the following words, “Semper Discentes et Adservientes” which means “Always learning and serving”.

After accepting their College of Psychology lapel pin, students will start their training and accept the responsibility of becoming a competent, compassionate, and ethical professional. The pins will serve as a reminder for students to strive for excellence.


Things to Note

  • In order to participate in the mandatory graduate orientation sessions, please refer to the email sent to you from
  • You will also be receiving a separate email from your academic program inviting you to their mandatory orientation session. Please register for that session as well.


Need more information?


Presentation Documents

Important links for the event are listed below.

College of Psychology

Directions to the campus

Student Financial Assistance



Residence Life


Alvin Sherman Library

College of Psychology

Student Resources Page


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