Party masters

Sept. 24, the party moved to the Ray Courtyard outside the Rice Memorial Center, where the GSA hosted a welcome-back party for returning grad students and their new peers, many of whom danced well into the night.
Graduate students eating pizza at the graduate student picnic

Following a scavenger hunt across campus, a big batch of brand-new Rice grad students refueled with gigantic slices of pizza and ice pops at the Sept. 23 orientation picnic hosted by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) in the commons outside Valhalla.

Grad students at the GSA picnic

The following night, Sept. 24, the party moved to the Ray Courtyard outside the Rice Memorial Center, where the GSA hosted a welcome-back party for returning grad students and their new peers, many of whom danced well into the night. (Photos by Katharine Shilcutt and Aidan Gerber)

Students at the GSA picnic