We are here to foster Christian community that cultivates authentic and meaningful relationships among graduate students. Explore below to see the variety of ways you can be connected to the grad campus community!
Campus Life Events
Join us on the Saturday before Fall classes start to celebrate the new school year with multiethnic music, dancing, and food! The Grad Life Kickoff is an opportunity to connect with new and returning grad students. All new and returning grad students, alumni, and friends of the graduate school are welcome.
Every year, the Graduate School sets aside the Tuesday evening of Grad Orientation week for a school-wide picnic in front of Billy Graham Hall. Join new and returning students, faculty and staff for a delicious meal and good conversation. Families welcome to attend!
Hosted by the Grad Chaplain Team, Friday Night Fellowship will meet every Friday from 7-9pm. In the warmer months, we meet at the grad firepit area on the East Lawn of the BGH Parking Lot. In colder months, we meet in the 2nd floor Commons of the Billy Graham Hall. Check your student email for more information!
Launching every fall semester, Table Gatherings are a monthly opportunity for grad students to share conversations around a particular topic with staff or faculty. Our hope is for Table Gatherings to further spiritual discipleship and foster deep, authentic community within the graduate school. Emails will be sent out every fall with a list of TG hosts and topics.
Join fellow grad students for a work-play retreat in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at Wheaton's HoneyRock campus! Held every year during Fall Break, this retreat is a special opportunity to step away from the busyness of daily life and spend time in the beauty of nature. Transportation, lodging, meals and activities all included in one low fee. Families are also welcome! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Every December, the graduate school holds a special chapel service honoring all of the December Graduates. This event typically takes place on the last Wednesday of the fall semester in Barrows Auditorium and is followed by a reception to celebrate our graduates' accomplishments. Join us in celebrating these students!
Every Spring, we celebrate our graduate students with Grad Life Week! Though the activities vary year to year, the week always includes plenty of free food, free coffee, and fun times to connect with your grad community.
Once a semester, Grad Life hosts a diversity panel featuring various faculty, staff, and students from the grad school. The purpose of these gatherings is to deepen the grad school community and create spaces for authentic human connection and flourishing. We want to display the various ways we can see the Gospel applied to the world - how we can civilly engage across the spectrum and understand how we are all striving for Christ and His Kingdom. The topic of the panel will vary from event to event, with past topics centering on denominational diversity and political diversity.
Twice a semester, Grad Life takes a busload of grad students into Chicago to visit churches intentionally seeking to represent the diversity of the Body of Christ. We join the church for Sunday worship and then share a meal with the pastoral staff to dialogue about relevant topics related to race, ethnicity, justice and the Gospel. Free to all graduate students!
Strongholds groups are now offered for Graduate Students who are interested in overcoming issues of sexual sin and shame in their lives, both past and present. Students enter into a safe place with other Graduate Students looking for the same help that offer prayer, accountability, and encouragement. These groups are built off of the foundations of faith, transparency, and honesty. Students tackle specific sexual sins they struggle/struggled with and/or sexual sins that have been committed against them. For most, this is the first time they experience the freedom of bringing into the light these actions and the associated shame within a Christian community. Reach out to email@example.com or stop by the Chaplain's Office with questions.
Reach out to Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org with interest in Strongholds for Women
Reach out to Scott at email@example.com with interest in Strongholds for Men
The Dine with a Mind (DWAM) program is an opportunity to connect with a Wheaton College faculty member over a meal, covering both you and the faculty member, in Anderson Commons (the college cafeteria) for personal and professional enrichment. This is a privilege that can be used twice each semester by degree seeking graduate students while tickets last.
After making your meal appointment with someone, register for your ticket by completing this survey. The Grad Life office will then contact you once we have received your request.